Arun Kommadath, Ph.D.

Biology study leader - bioinformatics

Provide technical support and training to researchers working in the field of bioinformatics/computational biology, advice on bioinformatics components of research proposals/projects, perform genomics/bioinformatics analyses and interpretation, and work towards the mandates of the AAFC Bioinformatics Research Support Network (BRSN).

Current research and/or projects

Provided support/advice on bioinformatics components of the following projects during experimental design and proposal development phases. Also involved in performing bioinformatics analyses, interpretation of results, and assisting in publications for some projects.

Current approved projects (PI name / Short title / Year)

  1. Robert J Gruninger / Multi-omics of liver abscess formation / 2021-2025
  2. Changxi Li / Beef genetic management reduces GHG / 2021-2024
  3. Robert J Gruninger / Feed Efficiancy Variability in Cattle / 2021-2025
  4. Changxi Li / Beef herd genetic management platform / 2021-2024
  5. Manuel Juarez / Enhancing beef carcass efficiency / 2021-2023
  6. Oscar Lopez Campos / Beef TQMS / 2019-2022
  7. Hushton Block / Supplementation for net zero carbon beef / 2019-2022
  8. Devin Holman / Sow milk and the piglet gut microbiome / 2019-2022
  9. Carolyn Fitzsimmons / Nutritional Epigenetic Effects in Cattle / 2019-2022
  10. Changxi Li / Functional genomic prediction platform / 2019-2022
  11. John Laurie / RNAi for management of prairie wireworms / 2021-2024

Decision pending (PI name / Short title / Year)

  1. Keshav Singh / Phenocart Data Mgmt. & Pipeline Devt. / 2022-2024
  2. Changxi Li / Deep learning genomic prediction / 2021-2024


Professional activities / interests

  • Data analysis, RNAseq, genomics, metagenomics
  • Programming languages: R, Python, Perl, bash
  • High performance computing
  • Big data management and analysis


Education and awards

  • PhD (Genomics and bioinformatics), Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • MSc (Bioinformatics), Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • MSc (Animal Genetics and Breeding), National Dairy Research Institute, India
  • BVSc (Veterinary science and animal husbandry), Kerala Agricultural University, India

Key publications

  1. Holman, D.B., Gzyl, K.E., Kommadath, A. (2023). The gut microbiome and resistome of conventionally vs. pasture-raised pigs. Microbial genomics, [online] 9(7),

    2023 - View publication details

  2. Goyal, R. K.; Kommadath, A.; Ranches, J. and Hannig, A. (2023). The characterization of the AP2/ERF gene family in Pisum sativum, and the expression profiles of some family members reveal their role in plant development. Joint Canadian Society of Plant Biologists Western Regional Meeting and
    UVic Forest Biology Symposium, 2023, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, May 1-2, 2023

    2023 - View publication details

  3. Holman, D.B., Kommadath, A., Tingley, J.P., Abbott, D.W. (2022). Novel Insights into the Pig Gut Microbiome Using Metagenome-Assembled Genomes. Microbiology Spectrum, [online] 10(4),

    2022 - View publication details

  4. Chen, Y.Y., Kommadath, A., Vahmani, P., Visvalingam, J., Dugan, M.E.R., Yang, X. (2021). Transcriptome Analysis of Listeria monocytogenes Exposed to Beef Fat Reveals Antimicrobial and Pathogenicity Attenuation Mechanisms. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, [online] 87(9), 1-18.

    2021 - View publication details