Dr. Leluo Guan, University of Alberta
Sponsored by Canadian Science Publishing
Dr. Guan has over 25 years of experience in functional genomics, molecular biology and microbial ecology. As a researcher at University of Alberta, she has led the development of a new area of research in functional genomics and host-microbial interactions in livestock. Her research aim is to elucidate the regulatory mechanisms of economically important traits at the molecular level and to understand the biology underlying quality, production, health, food safety and welfare traits. Her lab was the first to link the ruminal microbial structure to feed intake, feed efficiency, and methane emissions. Dr. Guan is also a pioneer researcher in the study of the early life gut microbiome and its relationship with gut development and health in dairy cattle. Dr. Guan’s research program has been continuing to be lead in the fundamental and unique ecological research questions for early life gut microbiome in ruminants and continues to identify novel approaches to studying host-microbial interactions with the aim of generating benefits for industry. Her program has trained numerous HQP that now hold leading positions in industry, academia and government. In addition to 227 peer-reviewed publications, she has delivered more than 111 invited talks including 34 as keynote speaker at various locations throughout the world. As a researcher, Dr. Guan has led the development of a new area of research in functional genomics and host-microbial interactions in cattle. Her work has clearly generated new discoveries and innovations that have contributed to the sustainability and competitiveness of the Canadian livestock sector.