Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Animal Biology (PhD)
Use of environmental enrichment to improve the welfare of rodents used in science
Our researchers are studying everything from climate change and storm water management to the relationship between food, nutrition, diet and health. The research discoveries being made here have the potential to reach across borders for world-wide applications.
We are also sharing what we’ve learned with the next generation of scientists - our students. They come to us with a strong sense of global responsibility, passionate about creating positive and lasting change on issues of importance. We believe that by providing them with the opportunity to learn outside the traditional classroom - taking part in a community-based experiential learning project or studying overseas - we can enhance their education and help them develop to their full potential.
The Faculty of Land and Food Systems offers unique hands-on learning sites for graduate students, in addition to traditional labs where food science, food processing, and nutrition and health research take place.
UBC Farm is 24-hectare site on UBC Vancouver campus, which is a living laboratory that contains agricultural, forest, and transitional landscape areas for interdisciplinary field research. The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) located at UBC Farm is a unique research centre that aims to understand and fundamentally transform local and global food systems towards a more sustainable, food secure future.
The Dairy Education and Research Centre, located a 2-hour drive from UBC Vancouver campus, is an internationally recognized dairy cattle research centre supporting the development and adaptation of new technologies for the dairy industry in British Columbia and beyond. The Centre has a large research herd that can provide sufficient numbers of experimental animals at a given physiological stage to meet most research requirements. These features support a vibrant critical mass of students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, visiting scientists, and faculty. A 10,800 square-foot student residence building opened in September 2015, which allows students and researchers to live on-site at the Agassiz, B.C. research station, and more closely monitor their research projects in dairy cattle welfare, animal reproduction, and resource recovery.
The Wine Research Centre is located at UBC Vancouver campus and it has a modern and fully equipped mass spectrometry laboratory. Researchers in the Wine Research Centre also have access to the outstanding research facilities in the Michael Smith Laboratories (MSL) which is conveniently located adjacent to the Centre. The MSL has established itself as a force in the global biotechnology research community.
In the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, our researchers are focused on finding viable solutions to pressing global crises and are known worldwide for their innovation and leadership in areas such as food science, dairy reproduction and animal welfare, sustainable agriculture, and community health and nutrition.
Our researchers have attracted millions of dollars in research funding from sources including Genome Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Michael Smith Scholar, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Our experts are conducting groundbreaking research in many areas including:
|Barichello, Richard||Capitlization of Government program benefits , quota systems and markets, agricultural policy, trade,industrial and agricultural pocliy reform in South East Asian Countries, economics of raw material export|
|Black, Jennifer||Community Health / Public Health; Nutrition; Public health; food environments; social determinants of health; food banks; school food environments|
|Black, Thomas Andrew||Biometeorology; Soil physics; Microclimate modification|
|Brar, Gurcharn||Cereal pathology (wheat and barley in particular); Genetics of host-pathogen interactions - disease resistance in crop plants; Resistance breeding; Plant imaging; Fungal biology; Population genetics and genomics; Functional pathogenomics|
|Carrillo, Juli||Plant-insect interactions; Agroecology; Invasive species; evolution; Ecology; community ecology; Environmental Change; Plant evolution; Population Ecology|
|Castellarin, Simone||viticulture and grapevine physiology; physiological and molecular aspects that underlay fruit ripening and the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites, and how they are modulated by the environment and viticultural practices; molecular viticulture|
|Cerri, Ronaldo||Animal Reproduction; Animal Production; Agricultural Machinery and Technology; Endocrine Regulation; Biotechnology and Activity monitors; Dairy cattle reproduction; Endometrium-conceptus cross communication; Production medicine in dairy cattle; Estrous cycle physiology in cattle; Inflammation and stress|
|Cohen, Tamara||understanding the interplay between different lifestyle behaviours; how eating behaviours relate to weight management; Obesity|
|Dee, Derek||Proteins; Enzymes and Proteins; Agri-food Transformation Products; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Nanomaterials; Nutriceuticals and Functional Foods; Protein Folding; protein aggregation; Biophysics; food chemistry; protein engineering; funtional amyloid; protein nanofibrils; psychrophilic enzymes; aspartic proteases; prions; food proteins; meat analogues|
|Fraser, David||Welfare of animals on farms, animal ethics, animal behaviour, Animal welfare, innovations in animal housing and management, practical and cultural dimensions of applying ethics to animal issues|
|Gulati, Sumeet||Economics of Urban Transportation; Effectiveness of Carbon Taxes; Effectiveness of Environmental Policy; Economics of Human Wildlife Conflict; Political Economy of Environmental and Trade Policy; International Trade and its Effect on the Environment|
|Jessri, Mahsa||Community Health / Public Health; Epidemiology; Nutrition; Health Policies; Lifestyle Determinants and Health; Health Promotion; Health Prevention; Statistics and Probabilities; Preventive medicine; Nutritional Epidemiology; Public and Population Health; clinical epidemiology; Preventive Medicine; Machine Learning; Artificial Intelligence; predictive analytics; Chronic Disease Prevention; Dietary Pattern Modeling; Dietetics; Dietary Assessment; Simulation|
|Jovel, Eduardo||Ethnobotany, mycology, natural product chemistry and Aboriginal health|
|Karakochuk, Crystal Dawn||Nutrition; Global Health and Emerging Diseases; Hematology; Maternal and child nutrition; Micronutrients (namely iron, folic acid, and zinc); Biochemical markers of iron status; Determinants and causes of anemia; Inherited blood disorders (sickle cell, thalassemia, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency); International nutrition; Clinical dietetics; Risk-benefit of micronutrient supplementation|
|Kitts, David||Food chemistry and toxicology, cellular and molecular mechanism, oncology|
|Krzic, Maja||Agriculture; Soil science; Soil science education; Integration of multimedia and soil science|
|Lamers, Yvonne||Nutrition; Nutrients; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition; Nutritional Biochemistry; Micronutrients; Vitamins; Nutritional Biomarker; Pregnancy; Periconceptional folic acid supplementation; Prenatal Supplements; Newborn Screening; Toddler Nutrition; Clinical Chemistry; Maternal and child health|
|Lu, Xiaonan||Sensors and Devices; Microbiology; Combinatorial Chemistry; Agriculture; Food safety; Food microbiology; Analytical Chemistry; Molecular microbiology; Nanotechnology; Advanced material; Microfluidic "lab-on-a-chip"; Sensor; Gut microbiome; Food microbiome|
|McAusland, Carol||Interactions between globalization and public good provision, impacts of trade liberalization on environmental politics, potential use of trade policy to stem damages from exotic species introductions and biological invasions Environmental impacts of international trade, implications of skilled labor migration for the global provision of public goods|
|Measday, Vivien||Chromosome segregation in the budding yeast using molecular biology and genomic tools|
|Noack, Frederik||Interaction of economic development and the environment|
|Pratap Singh, Anubhav||Agri-food Transformation Products; Nutriceuticals and Functional Foods; food processing; novel non-thermal processing; Functional Foods; pulsed light; high pressure; cold plasma; pasteurization; sterilization; heat transfer; mass transfer; food engineering|
|Protopopova, Alexandra||Animal; Community Health / Public Health; rabbit; dog; cat; animal shelter; Animal behaviour; Animal welfare; community initiatives; climate change and pet ownership; cultural differences in human-companion animal relationships; free-ranging dogs; one health|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.
|2020||Dr. Burnett studied the role of automated activity monitors in the reproductive management of dairy cows. Her findings show the correlation between increased estrous expression and improved fertility. This research demonstrates the importance of estrous expression in breeding decisions and provides alternatives for reducing hormonal interventions.||Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Animal Biology (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Fong worked on understanding Salmonella, a foodborne pathogen, and bacteriophages, the viruses that predate these bacteria. She identified several bacteriophages with high efficacy in controlling Salmonella that would be of high value to the food industry. Her research sheds insight into mitigation of this human pathogen in the food chain.||Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Stephens studied the climate trends, carbon, and water use of two forests in central Canada for the past two decades. This study helps to quantify the carbon uptake potential of these forests in the future under further climate change.||Doctor of Philosophy in Soil Science (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Jones studied how various plastic films impact soil and crop micro-climate when they are used as soil mulch covers or on greenhouses. Using data that he collected through field experiments, he developed models to help crop producers around the world make informed decisions when they use plastic films to extend a crop's growing season.||Doctor of Philosophy in Soil Science (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Modi investigated the effects of stumping and tree species composition on the soil microbial communities in the interior cedar-hemlock zone of British Columbia. She observed that stumping can have positive impacts on soil microbial communities when performed along with planting mixtures of tree species such as Douglas-fir with paper birch.||Doctor of Philosophy in Soil Science (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Beetch studied how natural compounds derived from diet, namely a class of polyphenols found in grapes and blueberries, can reverse aberrant DNA methylation patterns that underlie cancer. Her findings show that these compounds exert anti-cancer effects through epigenetic gene regulation, which can be used in cancer prevention and therapy.||Doctor of Philosophy in Human Nutrition (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Amendola found that inhalation of CO2, commonly used to kill laboratory rats, induces negative emotional states. Her research shows that rats experience anxiety at low CO2 concentrations, and that the onset of these feelings varies between individuals. Her results indicate that CO2 compromises rat welfare even for the least sensitive of rats.||Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Animal Biology (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Hakeem developed innovative strategies for replacing antibiotics in agri-foods systems. He identified how synergistic combinations work collectively against Campylobacter jejuni. He also developed a nanoscale packaging system to inactivate this pathogenic bacterium in poultry meats to enhance food safety and public health.||Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Marin studied beneficial bacteria in cherry tree roots. These bacteria promote plant growth and can potentially be used as eco-friendly pesticides in organic agriculture. She also used genomic methodologies to study the microbial biodiversity of Okanagan cherry orchard soils, information critical to understanding cherry soil-borne diseases.||Doctor of Philosophy in Soil Science (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Smid showed that dairy cows have a partial preference to access various outdoor areas and that outdoor space allowance influences this preference. In addition, she showed a positive influence of an outdoor space on the expression of heat behaviour of dairy cows. These results show the importance of access to the outdoors for dairy cattle.||Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Animal Biology (PhD)|
Assistant Professor Tamara Cohen Receives SSHRC Insight Development Grant Dr. Tamara Cohen, an Assistant Professor in the Food, Nutrition and Health program and the Director of the Dietetics program, has received an Insight Development Grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research...
Community Builder Roxana Quinde Wins President’s Staff Award Sept 3 – Roxana Quinde has won a UBC President’s Staff Award for Community Engagement. For the last 20 years, she has fostered global links to universities and organizations for student exchanges, and has been a strong community...
Bond between cow and calf grows deeper when suckling is allowed August 28, 2020 – A new study from UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems measures how strong a bond develops between a cow and her calf based on the amount of time spent together and whether suckling takes place. “...
Dean’s Message for LFS Community Connects: August 2020 It’s been six months since we’ve had to make a quick pivot into our new virtual existence. I don’t know where the time has gone – fall is just around the corner, which means we are preparing for students to resume classes. This...
Three Faculty Members are Recipients of the John R. Evans Leaders Fund Three researchers at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems have received funding from the Government of Canada, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the John R. Evans Leaders Fund. Assistant Professor Derek Dee...
UBC Moves Up in Rank for Agricultural Sciences, Food Science and Technology Professor Dan Weary received the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Welfare Science. The UFAW Medal recognises exceptional achievements of individual scientists...