Karina Gutierrez

Karina Guttierez

CAS - Assistant Professor (Research) in Applied Embryology and Genomics

T: 514-398-7661  |  karina.gutierrez [at] mcgill.ca (Email) |  Macdonald-Stewart Building, MS1-084 |  ResearchGate Profile | LinkedIn


BSc, MSc (Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil)
PhD (McGill University, Canada)

Short Bio

Karina Gutierrez obtained her BSc in Biology (2011) and MSc in Animal Science (2013) in Brazil. While in Brazil, she also obtained a Teaching Degree for Professional Education (2014). She completed her PhD in Animal Science at McGill University in 2019, followed by her postdoctoral training in Animal Science (2023). She joined the Department of Animal Science at McGill University as an Assistant Professor (Research) in February 2023. In this position, she will be working closely with other Professors at the Department of Animal Science and the Department of Neurology and Neuroscience at McGill University. Her research focuses on gene editing for the study of gene function during embryo development as well as the creation of biomedical animal models. She has experience working with mouse models and large animals such as pigs, cows, and non-human primates. Her research interests are: 1) to improve genome editing efficiency in embryos via the CRISPR/Cas system in association with DNA repair mechanism; 2) to understand the role of specific genes during early embryo development; and 3) to create gene-edited embryos and live animals to understand the pathophysiology of diseases.

Awards and Recognitions

  • June 2019: “Biology of Reproduction Top Research Article Award” with most citation in 2018 in Biology of Reproduction journal.

Research Interests

  • Genome editing
  • Developmental biology – embryo development
  • Animal models for biomedical research
  • Cell reprogramming

Current Research

  • Genome editing during early embryo development
  • Creation of animal models
  • In vitro embryo production in pigs and marmosets


ANSC 420 Animal Biotechnology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ANSC 604 Advanced Animal Biotechnology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


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