Devin Holman, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Livestock Microbiology

Current research and/or projects

  • Understanding the dynamics of the swine gut microbiome in response to perturbations and weaning.
  • Sow milk microbiome and resistome
  • Nasopharyngeal microbiome of beef cattle and the development of bovine respiratory disease.
  • Developing antimicrobial alternatives for use in swine production.

Professional activities / interests

Editorial Board Member, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2020-present 

Chair, Lacombe Research and Development Centre Animal Care Committee, 2018-present

Education and awards

Ph.D., Microbiology, McGill University

M.Sc., Food Microbiology, Dalhousie University

B.Sc. (Hons.), Environmental Biology, Nova Scotia Agricultural College (Dalhousie University)                       

International experience and/or work

ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow, United States Department of Agriculture, National Animal Disease Center, Ames, IA, USA, 2016-17.

Key publications

  1. Holman, D.B., Hao, X., Topp, E., Yang, H.E., Alexander, T.W. (2016). Effect of co-composting cattle manure with construction and demolition waste on the archaeal, bacterial, and fungal microbiota, and on antimicrobial resistance determinants, 11(6), 1-21. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0157539

    2016 - View publication details

  2. Timsit, E., Workentine, M., Schryvers, A.B., Holman, D.B., van der Meer, F., Alexander, T.W. (2016). Evolution of the nasopharyngeal microbiota of beef cattle from weaning to 40 days after arrival at a feedlot, 187 75-81. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vetmic.2016.03.020

    2016 - View publication details

  3. Holman, D.B., Timsit, E., Alexander, T.W. (2015). The nasopharyngeal microbiota of feedlot cattle, 5 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep15557

    2015 - View publication details

  4. Holman, D.B., McAllister, T.A., Topp, E., Wright, A.D.G., Alexander, T.W. (2015). The nasopharyngeal microbiota of feedlot cattle that develop bovine respiratory disease, 180(1-2), 90-95. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vetmic.2015.07.031

    2015 - View publication details