Heat tolerance (HT) in lactating sows: dietary strategies, metabolic biomarkers and microbiome signature

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Professor Eugeni Rourae.roura@uq.edu.au

Environmental hyperthermia is a welfare and economic problem in pig reproduction, particularly given the rise in heatwave episodes and the hyperprolificity of modern sows. This project aims to address the impact of heat stress in gestating and lactating sows by testing different nutritional interventions with complementary modes of action, reducing metabolic and microbial heat production and increasing cellular protection. In addition, resilient sows will be selected and characterized in terms of blood and liver biomarkers (differential transcripts, proteins, and metabolites) and microbiome profiles associated with heat tolerance. The proposal is the first-ever studying heat tolerance metabolic biomarkers and microbiome signatures in gestating and lactating sows using a holistic approach under controlled environments.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of animal science, veterinary science, biological science would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

A background or knowledge of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and glycomics is highly desirable.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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