Alexander Yitbarek

Alex Yitbarek

Assistant Professor

T: 514-292-5249  |  alex.yitbarek [at] (Email)  |  Macdonald-Stewart Building, MS1-079 | LinkedIn


BSc (University of Asmara, Eritrea)
BSc (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada)
MSc (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada)
PhD (OVC, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada)

Short Bio

Alex Yitbarek received his Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science from the University of Asmara, Eritrea. He obtained a second Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology and a Master’s degree in swine nutrition from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He then obtained his PhD in Avian Immunology from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 2018. Following three years with Danisco Animal Nutrition as a poultry scientist, he joined McGill’s Department of Animal Science in August 2021 as an assistant professor of sustainable poultry production. His research program investigates the development and effectiveness of alternatives to in-feed antibiotic growth promoters in chickens. His research interest also includes understanding the immune response mechanisms to various diseases in poultry, such as necrotic enteritis, coccidiosis and influenza viruses.

Research Interests

Achieving sustainable poultry production by understanding the role of the host (immunity), diet and microbiome under health and disease conditions.


ANSC 400 Eukaryotic Cells and Viruses 3 Credits
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ANSC 600 Adv Eukaryotic Cells & Viruses 3 Credits
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