Head Researcher

Dr. Gaylene Fasenko, PhD

Associate Professor - Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science / Alberta Veterinary Research Institute
Degree: PhD, North Carolina State University
Room: 3-10D Ag/For Centre
Phone: (780) 492-5130
Fax: (780) 492-4265
Email: gaylene.fasenko@ualberta.ca


Job/Research Area
Poultry Embryology and Hatching Health, and Member of AVRI Council

Major Responsibilities/Research Interests
The overall goal of the research program is to investigate the biological, genetic and environmental factors that influence poultry embryonic viability, development, and chick and poult growth potential. An ongoing area of interest is the effect of long term hatching egg storage on embryonic cell survival, embryonic development, metabolism, and viability, and hatchling survival. Many of the current research projects are focussed on developing and refining techniques to examine sperm viability, embryonic cell apoptosis, necrosis, and gene expression, and embryonic metabolism. Upcoming research will evaluate: the concept of embryonic physiological zero, the potential benefits of in ovo injection on embryonic survival and neonatal growth, the factors that predispose hatchlings to yolk sac infections, and the potential of infrared thermography to detect embryonic overheating and subclinical disease in hatchlings.

Granting Agencies
Alberta Agricultural Research Institute (AARI), Alberta Livestock Industry Development Fund (ALIDF), Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA), Agriculture and Food Council, Lilydale, Maple Leaf, Hybrid, Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Poultry Research Centre, Poultry Industry Council, Saskatchewan Chicken Industry Development Fund

Honorary member of Golden Key International Honor Society (2008)
Graduate Student Association Graduate Student Supervisor Award (2009)

Committee Involvement

Undergraduate Advisor
BSc. Animal Science Program Committee
BSc. Animal Health Program Committee
Faculty Ag Program Committee
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Dean’s Advisory Committee (Quality of Graduate Supervision)


ANSC 120 (Companion Animals and Society)
AFNS 601 (Animal Science Division Co-coordinator)
ANSC 410 (Guest Lecturer - Regulation of Reproduction in Domestic Animals)

Selected Publications

Fasenko, G. M., E. E. O’Dea Christopher, and L. M. McMullen. 2009. “Spraying hatching eggs with electrolyzed oxidizing water reduces eggshell microbial load without compromising broiler production parameters”. Poultry Sci. 88:1121–1127.

Fasenko, G.M. 2009. “The first 48 hours of embryonic life: Development before and after oviposition”. Avian Biology Research. 2: 7-15.

G.M. Fasenko, F.E. Robinson and V.L. Christensen. 2009. “Effects of long term storage on the egg, embryo and chick”. Avian Biology Research. 2: 73-81.

Fasenko, G. M., and E. E. O’Dea. 2008. “Evaluating Broiler Growth and Mortality in Chicks with Minor Navel Conditions at Hatching”. Poultry Sci. 87:594–597.

Hamidu, J. A., G. M. Fasenko, J. J. R. Feddes, E. E. O’Dea, C. A. Ouellette, M. J. Wineland, and V. L. Christensen. 2007. “The Effect of Broiler Breeder Genetic Strain and Parent Flock Age
on Eggshell Conductance and Embryonic Metabolism.” Poultry Sci. 86:2420–2432.

Fasenko, G. M. 2007. Egg Storage and the Embryo. Poultry Sci. 86:1020–1024.
Cook, N., A. B. Smykot, D. E. Holm, G. Fasenko, and J.S. Church. 2006. "Assessing Feather Cover of Laying Hens by Infrared Thermography." J. Appl. Poult. Res. 15:274-279.

O’Dea, E. E., G. M. Fasenko, G. E. Allison, D. R. Korver, J. J. R. Feddes, and G. Tannock. 2006. "Investigating the effects of commercial probiotics on broiler chick quality and production efficiency." Poultry Sci. 85: 1855-1863.

Segura, J. C., C. Ouellette, J. J. R. Feddes, G. M. Fasenko, and M. J. Zuidhof. 2006. Development of a metabolic calorimeter system to measure heat production of domestic avian embryos during incubation." Canadian Biosystems Engineering 48:4.1-4.6.

Ward, P. J., G. M. Fasenko, S. Gibson, and L. M. McMullen. 2006 ."A microbiological assessment of on-farm food safety cleaning methods in broiler barns." J. Appl. Poult. Res. 15:326-332.

O'Dea, E. E., G. M. Fasenko, J. J. R. Feddes, F. E. Robinson, J. C. Segura, C. A. Ouellette, and J. H. van Middelkoop. 2004. "Investigating the Eggshell Conductance and Embryonic Metabolism of Modern and Unselected Domestic Avian Genetic Strains at Two Flock Ages." Poultry Sci. 83:2059-2070.

Christensen, V. L., M. J. Wineland, G. M. Fasenko, and W. E. Donaldson. 2002. "Egg storage alters weight of supply and demand organs of broiler chicken embryos." Poultry Sci. 81:1738-1743.

Christensen, V. L., M. J. Wineland, G. M. Fasenko, and W. E. Donaldson. 2001. "Egg storage effects on plasma glucose and supply and demand tissue glycogen concentrations of broiler embryos." Poultry Sci. 80:1729-1735.

Fasenko, G. M., F. E. Robinson, A. I. Whelan, K. M. Kremeniuk, and J. A. Walker. 2001. Prestorage incubation of long-term stored broiler breeder eggs: 1. Effects on hatchability. Poultry Sci. 80:1406-1411.

Fasenko, G. M., V. L. Christensen, M. J. Wineland, and J. N. Petitte. 2001 . Examining the effects of pre-storage incubation of turkey breeder eggs on embryonic development and hatchability of eggs stored for four or fourteen days. Poultry Sci. 80:132-138.

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