Dr. Duy Ngoc Do is a Research Associate at the Department of Animal Science and Aquaculture of Dalhousie University. Duy has worked on modeling growth curves and designing a SNP chip for American mink. Duy completed his Ph.D. in Quantitative Genetics (in pigs) at the University of Copenhagen (2012-2015) in Denmark and worked as a postdoc on Genomics and Epigenetics (in dairy cows) at McGill University in Canada (2015-2018). He experiences different aspects of the application of omics in farm animals. His research interests are livestock genomics, non-coding RNAs, and omics science. His hobbies are fishing and soccer.
Pourya Davoudi is originally from Iran, where he earned his B.Sc. (2013) in Animal Science from Sari Agriculture University and his M.Sc. (2016) in Animal Breeding and Genetics from University of Tehran. He joined Miar Lab at Dalhousie University as a PhD student in 2020. His research interests span a broad range of topics in quantitative genomics and computational biology. He is currently working on feed efficiency traits in American mink. The research goal is to integrate different data sources (pedigree, phenotypic and high–throughput genomic data sets) to elucidate the genetic mechanism underlying the phenotypic variability of feed efficiency traits in American mink.
Guoyu Hu is a Ph.D. student supervised by Dr. Younes Miar at Dalhousie University. Guoyu earned his B.Sc. (2018) in Agricultural Resource and Environment from Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (China) and Aquaculture from Dalhousie University (Canada). Guoyu completed his M.Sc. (2021) in Animal Breeding and Genetics at Dalhousie University. Guoyu currently focuses on the genetic and genomic study of Aleutian disease in American mink at Dr. Miar's lab. Guoyu believes genetic or genomic selection for favorable health traits has a great potential in reducing the adverse influences caused by diseases in farm animals and improving the health, welfare, and productivity of farm animals.
Shafagh Valipour is a PhD student at Dalhousie University working on genetics and genomic improvement of mink farm. She loves study animal science because this is the part of science that can considerably improve rural life. She started her academic education with a bachelor’s degree in animal science at university of Tehran in 2009 and got her master’s degree at Tarbiat Modares University with a major in Animal breeding and genetics. Her master thesis was focused on the role of microRNA on spermatocytes development and its role in fertility in poultry. Her passion to research and new challenges brought her to the Dalhousie University in 2020 to pursue a PhD in Animal Science, where she is conducting genomic analyses of reproductive performance and growth traits in American mink to develop a genomic evaluation model for estimation of breeding value in American mink populations.