PhD Students

Jacob Hamidu, BSc., MSc.

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Mr. Jacob Alhassan Hamidu is a P.hD. student with Dr. Gaylene Fasenko and Dr. Daniel Barreda. Currently, Jacob is investigating factors affecting poultry embryonic metabolism, cell viability and gene expression as part of his Ph.D. studies. He received his Bachelor of Agriculture degree in Ghana at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi in 2002. Jacob joined Dr.Fasenko’s lab in September 2004. In that year he started his Masters degree at the University of Alberta and graduated with a M.Sc. in Animal Science in 2006 and started his Ph.D. the same year. Jacob’s M.Sc. research was on the effect of genetic strain and broiler parent flock age on embryonic metabolism and eggshell conductance. Since 2004 Jacob has won numerous awards including:

- University of Alberta Graduate Research Assistantship
- Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Science Graduate Research Assistantship Tuition Scholarship     
- Poultry Research Centre Graduate Assistantship Scholarship
- Pacific Egg and Poultry Association Scholarship
- Sundry II Award from the University of Alberta
- Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science Graduate Student Travel Award in 2007
- Poster with Best Visual Impact at the Poultry Research Centre Annual General Meeting
- Canadian Hatching Egg Producers Association Scholarship 

Jacob is scheduled to finish his P.hD. by August 2010.

Most recent publications and abstracts

Hamidu, J. A.,
G. M. Fasenko, E. E. O’Dea, and J. J. F. Feddes. 2008. Influence of turkey genetic selection and parent flock age on embryonic metabolism. Poult. Sci. Vol. 87. Suppl. 1: 33 (Abstr.).

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. Poult. Sci. Vol. 86:2420–2432.

Hamidu, J. A., G. M. Fasenko, E. E. O’Dea, J. J. R. Feddes, C. A. Ouellette, V. L. Christensen and M. J. Wineland. 2007. Does broiler breeder flock age influence embryonic metabolism in different genetic strains? Poult. Sci. Vol. 86. Suppl. 1: 165 (Abstr.).

Hamidu, J. A., G. M. Fasenko, J. J. R. Feddes, E. E. O'Dea and C. A. Ouellette. 2006. Broiler parent flock age influences embryonic metabolism. Poult. Sci. Vol. 85. Suppl. 1: 56 (Abstr.).

Hamidu, J. A. 2006. The Effect of Broiler Genetic Strain and Parent Flock Age on Eggshell Conductance and Embryonic Metabolism. Dissertation presented to the University of Alberta in Partial fulfillment of the Master of Science degree in Animal Science. Submitted Oct. 31, 2006.

Hamidu, J. A. 2002. Comparison of three different broiler litter materials: wood shavings, rice husk and combination of wood shavings and rice husk. Dissertation presented to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. Submitted May 8, 2002.

Margaret MacKenzie, BSc., MSc.

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Margaret completed her B.Sc. in 2002 at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC). She majored in Animal Science and minored in Agricultural Chemistry and graduated with high honors. She completed an honors thesis for her B.Sc. which was titled "Annual ryegrass and stockpiled red clover as economic alternatives to grain for finishing lambs". Margaret then went on to complete her M.Sc. in 2005 through Dalhousie University in association with the NSAC. She majored in Animal Science and her thesis was titled "Influence of dietary tryptophan on growth, stress and meat quality of broiler chickens". Currently Margaret is a PhD. Student at the University of Alberta, examining the influence of male age and storage time on semen quality parameters in broiler breeder roosters and turkey toms. She is due to graduate fall 2010.

Awards and Scholarships:

- PEPA Scholarship, 2008 ($1,600), Pacific Egg and Poultry Association, Sacramento, CA, USA
- CBHEPA Broiler Breeder Research Scholarship, 2008 ($1,741.36), Canadian Broiler Hatching Egg Producers Association, Ottawa, ON
- The Provost Doctoral Entrance Award, 2006 ($4,000), Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
- The Atlantic Provinces Hatchery Federation Bursary, 2003 ($500), The Atlantic Provinces Hatchery Federation Bursary, Nova Scotia
- A best presentation award at the Graduate Research Symposium held at the NSAC, 2003 ($100), Nova Scotia Agricultural College Faculty, Nova Scotia
- Two-year assistantship scholarship from the NSAC, 2002 ($15,000/yr), Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Nova Scotia
- NSAC Graduate Entrance Scholarship, 2002($5,000), Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Nova Scotia
- Principal’s List, 2001, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Nova Scotia
- Chartwells Scholarship, 2001 ($1,000), Compass Group Canada, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Nova Scotia
- Vice-Principal’s Scholarship, 2001 ($300), Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Nova Scotia

Presentations and Publications:

Refereed Publications

Rathgeber, B., MacIsaac, J. and MacKenzie, M. 2006. Feeding turkeys a highly digestible supplement during pre-slaughter feed withdrawal. Poultry Science 86:2029-2033.

Scientific Presentations

MacKenzie, M.E., Fasenko, G.M., Christopher, E.E., Wilson, J.L., and Froman, D.P. 2008. Hens or roosters: which gender has a greater impact on fertility & broiler body weights as a flock ages. Prairie Poultry Meeting. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba. May 7-8.

MacKenzie, M.E., Fasenko, G.M., and Christopher, E.E. 2008. Objective measures of sperm quality and how they relate to fertility. Prairie Poultry Meeting. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba. May 7-8. (Technical presentation)

MacKenzie, M.E., Fasenko, G.M., and Christopher, E.E. 2008. Battle of the sexes: who has the greater impact on offspring. Presented to the Poultry Research Centre Board members, May 26, 2008.

MacKenzie, M.E., Fasenko, G.M., Christopher, E.E., Wilson, J.L., and Froman, D.P. 2008. Hens or roosters: which gender has a greater impact on fertility & broiler body weights as a flock ages. Poultry Sci. 87 (Suppl. 1):46.

MacKenzie, M.E. and Fasenko, G.M. 2008. Semen quality in roosters and toms. Presented at Hybrid Turkey in Kitchener, ON, May 24, 2008

MacKenzie, M.E., MacIsaac, J.L., and Rathgeber, B.M. 2006. Cathepsin activity in two commercial broiler chicken strains fed supplementary tryptophan. Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting, Edmonton, Alberta.

MacKenzie, M.E., MacIsaac, J.L., and Rathgeber, B.M. 2004. Stress levels in broiler chickens provided dietary tryptophan. International Poultry Scientific Forum, Atlanta, Georgia.

MacKenzie, M.E., MacIsaac, J.L., Budgell. K.L., and Rathgeber, B.M. 2003. Plasma creatine kinase and postmortem decline in broilers fed supplemental tryptophan. Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin.

MacKenzie, M. 2003. Tryptophan and meat quality in broilers. Graduate Research Symposium, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro, Nova Scotia.

Industry and Workshop Presentations

MacKenzie, M.E., Fasenko, G.M., and Christopher, E.E. Battle of the Sexes: Who Has the Greater Impact on Offspring. Presented to the Poultry Research Centre Board members, Edmonton, AB, May 26, 2008.

MacKenzie, M.E., and Fasenko, G.M. 2008 Semen Quality in Roosters & Toms. Presented at Hybrid Turkey in Kitchener, ON, May 24, 2008

MacKenzie, M., Fasenko, G., Froman, D., Wilson, J., and Wineland, M. 2007. Fewer chicks: who’s to blame? Presented at the Alberta Hatching Egg Producers 2007 Annual General Meeting, Red Deer, AB, February 27, 2007.

MacKenzie, M., Fasenko, G., Froman, D., Wilson, J., and Wineland, M. 2007. Seminal proteins affected by male age and storage time? Presented to the Poultry Research Centre Board members, Edmonton, AB, June 5, 2007.

MacKenzie, M., Fasenko, G., Froman, D., Wilson, J., and Wineland, M. Breeder parent age affects on fertility, embryonic mortality and broiler chick quality. Presented to the Poultry Research Centre Board members, Edmonton, AB, April 18, 2006.

MacKenzie, M., Rathgeber, B., MacIsaac, J. 2003. Tryptophan supplementation in broilers. Atlantic Poultry Conference, Moncton, New Brunswick.

MacKenzie, M. 2002. Tryptophan fed to broilers to study fear response and growth performance. Atlantic Agricultural Science and Technology Workshop, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro, Nova Scotia.


Josue Moura Romao, DVM, MSc.

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Country of origin: Brazil

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (2007). Universidade Estadual do Ceara, Brazil
M.Sc. in Veterinary Sciences (2008). Universidade Estadual do Ceara, Brazil
Current PhD Student (Animal Science). University of Alberta, Canada

Research area: Poultry Science with emphasis in artificial incubation.

Link to CV (English/Portuguese)
http://lattes.cnpq.br/4890969732788941

Selected publications:

Romao, JM; Moraes, TGV; Teixeira, RSC; Buxade, CC; Cardoso, WC. Effect of relative humidity on incubation of Japanese quail eggs. Livestock Research for Rural Development, v.21, article#38, 2009.

Romao, JM; Moraes, TGV; Teixeira RSC; Cardoso, WC; Buxade, CC. Evaluation of egg storage length on hatchability and weight loss in incubation of egg and meat type Japanese quails. Brazilian Journal of Poultry Science, v.10, p.143-147, 2008.

Moraes, TGV; Romao, JM; Teixeira RSC; Cardoso, WC. Effects of egg position in artificial incubation of Japanese quail eggs (Coturnix japonica). Animal Reproduction, v.5, p.50-54, 2008.

Moraes, TGV; Romao, JM; Silva, EE; Cardoso, WC; Buxade, CC. Incubation of Japanese quail eggs (Coturnix japonica) stored in domestic refrigerator. Livestock Research for Rural  Development, v.20, article#164, 2008.

Ana M. Ulmer-Franco, DVM, MSc.

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Ana was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, where she was a graduate of Fundación Colegio UIS high school. Ana received her degree in veterinary medicine and animal science at the Universidad de Caldas in Manizales, Colombia. Throughout her undergraduate school she was involved with the "Productive Health in Bovines, Porcines and Equines" research group under the tutelage of Dr. Francisco J. Henao Uribe. After receiving her degree, Ana worked as a poultry veterinarian for the largest Colombian broiler company from May 2002 to July 2005. Even though she enjoyed the field work, she wanted to continue her education. Her family and Dr. Alberto Botero, the scientific manager of the broiler company, fully supported this initiative.

Ana immigrated to Canada in the fall of 2005 to start her M.Sc. with Dr. Gaylene Fasenko at the University of Alberta. Her M.Sc. project studied how broiler breeder flock age and egg size affect incubation, chick quality, and fatty acid profiles of eggs and yolk sacs.

Upon completion of her M.Sc. Ana started her Ph.D. in Dr. Fasenko’s lab with a new research project. In her PhD, she is studying the microbiology, pathology, and immunology of yolk sac infections in broiler chicks.
Ana is scheduled to complete her Ph.D program in the spring of 2011.


Awards and scholarships

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2008 AFNS Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award. Department of Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, January 2009 
- 2008 UTS Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award. University Teaching Services, University of Alberta, March 2009
- 2007 PEPA (Pacific Egg and Poultry Association, Sacramento, CA) Western Poultry Scholarship, March 2008 
- Graduate Student Funding for PhD program starting in January 2008. Dr. Gaylene Fasenko, AFNS, University of Alberta
- 2007 PSA (Poultry Science Association) Student Certificate of Excellence for Oral Presentation. San Antonio, TX, July 2007
- J Gordin Kaplan Graduate Student Travel Award, (FGSR) Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta, April 2007
- AFNS Graduate Student Travel Award, University of Alberta, March 2007
- Graduate Student Funding for MSc program from September 2005 to December 2007. Dr. Gaylene Fasenko, AFNS, University of Alberta.
- Graduate Scholarship for Tuition Expenses, AFNS, University of Alberta, August 2005
- Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias, Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia. Annually from 1996 to 2001.

Scientific and Industry presentations

Ulmer Franco A. M., G. M. Fasenko, L. McMullen, G. Cherian, and R. Meijerhof. A Deeper look into yolk sac infections in broiler chicks. Poultry Research Centre 2009 AGM, May 2009, Edmonton, AB.
 
Franco A. M., G. M. Fasenko, and L. T. Kawalilak. Chicks and bad navels: Inside the problem. Poultry Research Centre 2008 AGM, May 26, 2008. Edmonton, AB.

Franco A. M., G. M. Fasenko, E. E. O'Dea Christopher, D. R. Korver, and G. Cherian. Broiler breeder strain and flock age: effectson hatching eggs, hatchability, saleable chicks and broiler performance. Poultry Industry Service Workshop, October 2, 2007. Banff, AB.

Franco A. M., G. M. Fasenko, and E. E. O'Dea. Broiler breeder strain and egg size affect egg characteristics, hatchability, and broiler performance in old flocks. 2007 join ADSA, PSA, AMPA, ASAS annual meeting, July 9, 2007. San Antonio, TX.

Franco A. M., G. M. Fasenko, E. E. O'Dea, D. R. Korver, J. Church, and N. Cook. Good chicks - bad chicks. AB hatching egg producers 2007 AGM, February 27, 2007. Red Deer, AB.
 
Franco A. M., G. M. Fasenko, E. E. O'Dea, and D. R. Korver. Genetic strain, egg size, and flock age influence hatchability and broiler performance. Poultry Science Association annual meeting, July 16, 2006. Edmonton, AB.

Franco A. M., G. M. Fasenko, E. E. O'Dea, D. R. Korver, J. Church, N. Cook, and A. Schaefer. Evaluating chick quality. Poultry Research Centre board meeting. April 18, 2006. Edmonton, AB.

Franco A. M. Present and future of broiler chick management in tropical regions. Proavisur Poultry Workshop. November 19, 2004. Guadalajara de Buga, Valle del Cauca, Colombia.
 

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