April 24, 2021

Project Title: Bacterial Pathogenesis in Swine, with a focus on E. coli

Opportunity: Thesis-Based Master of Science, available to Canadian or International Students

The MSc research project will involve conducting a series of challenge trials in the OVC Animal Isolation Facility to optimize an infection model for post- weaning E. coli diarrhea. Specifically, the association of genetic factor, age of pigs, and infectious dosage with severity of diarrhea, bacterial shedding, and histology lesions in pigs challenged with enterotoxigenic E. coli will be investigated. The optimized infection model will then be used to study the effect of alternative method (Ex. probiotics) on postweaning E. coli diarrhea.

The research project will include animal work (e.g. animal trials, sample collection from live pigs and during postmortem), as well as laboratory work (e.g. RFLP-PCR, bacteriology), analysis of clinical and laboratory data collected during trial, and use of epidemiological methods to analyze data.

Degree Requirements: BSc in related field is required

Other Requirements: Experience with animal handling/animal management would be an asset as will previous experience with laboratory work.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

Applications Requirements:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts
  • Three References

Application Submissions:

A formal application should be submitted to Dr. Lillie at blillie@uoguelph.ca or Dr. Vahab Farzan at afarzan@uoguelph.ca


Research-related inquiries or inquiries about the specific project should be directed to Dr. Lillie and/or Dr. Farzan. Further inquiries related to general application procedures can be directed to Ms. Jessie Beer, Graduate Program Assistant, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada; phone 519- 824-4120 ext. 54725; e-mail: pathgrad@uoguelph.ca