Post-Doc: Probiotics for Animal Health - Neonatal and pre-weaned calf - ON-211

Preferred Disciplines: Microbiology, Molecular Biology (Post-Doc)
Company: DoseBiome
Project Length: 1 year (3 units)
Desired start date: As soon as possible
Location: Toronto, ON
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: This position is only available in Professor Luis Arroyo’s research group at the University of Guelph

About the Company: 

DoseBiome finds unique ways to manage your microbiome through different actives like probiotics. We’re small but mighty – always on the lookout for people who can share our vision. DoseBiome is located at the heart of downtown Toronto in the MaRS Discovery District. Aside from great people and a sweet location, we’re a registered B Corp and offer opportunities to give back to the community while operating sustainably. 

Project Description:

Our company research focuses on promoting animal health by modulating the microbiome through probiotics and active compounds.  In the cattle industry, newborn and pre-weaned calves are the most vulnerable to morbidity and mortality - diarrhea/scours is the number one cause of calf mortality.  Furthermore, the development of a balanced microbiota in the first few weeks of life is crutial to the overall health of an organism, and disruptions in normal colonization has been linked to long-term health consequences.  In this project, we will be developing several lines of probiotics targeted to newborn and pre-weaned calves.  The project will begin at isolation, and will go through numerous in vitro and in silico testing of the isolates to assess their suitability as a probiotic.  At the end of the project, we will have a collection of novel probiotic candidate strains that are ready for testing in vivo in calves.  The aim of the probiotics are to reduce calf morbidity/mortality, and improve cattle performance with long-term health.

Research Objectives:

  • Isolation and establishement of culture collection derived from healthy pre-weaned calves’ feces.
  • in vitro tests of isolates to determine suitability as probiotics.
  • in silico analysis of 5-10 best candidate probiotics based on in vitro results above.

Methodology:

  • Isolation of Bifidobacteria, Lactobacillus, and other probiotic candidate taxa using selective media and confirmation of species using 16S rRNA sequencing.
  • in vitro assessment (inc. inhibition against calf pathogens, colonization assays, resistance assays, cytotoxicity assays, etc.).
  • in silico analysis (inc. whole genome sequencing and annotation, genome mining for safety assessment).

Expertise and Skills Needed:

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Bioinformatics (bacterial whole genome assembly and annotation)

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