Dr. Eveline M. Ibeagha-Awemu

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Research Scientist

Dr. Ibeagha-Awemu’s research program focuses on improving productivity and disease resistance and the safety of the dairy and pork value chains. She uses OMICS and advanced technologies to characterize regulatory elements, uncover the molecular mechanisms, and genetic and epigenetic markers associated with health, production and environmental adaptation traits; and develop biomarkers for livestock disease and health management, and environmental adaptation.

Dr. Ibeagha-Awemu research also seeks to understand how the microbiota interacts with the genome and epigenome in response to nutrients and pathogens to influence health and disease traits. Specifically the identification/development of favorable microbial strains for disease and greenhouse gas emission mitigation, and development of alternatives to antibiotics use in livestock production.

Her research also involves the regulatory aspects of the emerging field of Cellular agriculture in Canada through studies on the nutritional composition of cultured foods to inform regulatory stakeholders, development of screening tools/protocols for cultured foods and studies to enhance cell growth and production ability using gene editing techniques.

Before joining AAFC in 2011 as a research scientist in Animal Genomics, Dr. Ibeagha-Awemu completed a  MSC in Animal Breeding and Genetics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, a PhD in Animal Genetics from Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany in 2003 followed by postdoctoral studies at McGill university.

Current research and/or projects

  • Role of epigenetic (DNA methylation and miRNA) biomarkers in mastitis and milk production
  • Characterization of the regulatome (miRNA, lncRNA, snoRNA and circRNA, etc.) and transposable elements in the bovine genome.
  • Role of the microbiota in livestock infectious diseases
  • Regulatory aspects of cellular agriculture

 

Professional activities / interests

  • Member: African Animal breeding Network

  • Member: GRESABO (Groupe de Research en Sante Bovine)

  • Member: Biological Assay Committee of FAANG (Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes)

  • Member: Animal Health Committee of American Society of Animal Science/Canadian Society of Animal Science

  • Member: Op+lait grouping of researchers on milk quality through FQRNT strategic grouping program 

  • Member: Dairy Cattle Breeding and Genetics Committee, Canada

  • Member: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Animal Care Committee

  • Member: Canadian Bovine Mastitis Research Network

  • Editorial Board Member: BMC Genomics

  • Editorial Board Member: Scientific Reports

  • Editorial Board Member: Frontiers in Genetics

  • Past President of the Canadian Society of Animal Science 

  • Member: Canadian Society of Animal Science 

  • Member: American Dairy Science Association 

  • Member: International Society of Animal Genetics 

  • Member: International Association for Paratuberculosis  

Education and awards

Recipient of 2021 CSAS (Canadian Society for Animal Science) Award for Technical Innovation in Enhancing Production of Safe and Affordable Food.

International experience and/or work

 Member: Member of the Working Group on Animal Seed of the African Seed and Biotechnology Partnership Platform (ASB PP) of the African union [2021 – Present]

Member: Steering committee of the African Animal Breeding Network

International collaboration projects:

  • Mammary gland specific transcriptional profiling of Kashmiri cattle and its Jersey cross for milk quality and yield traits (India)
  • Role of the microbiota in the pathogenesis of pestes des petits ruminants (Nigeria)
  • FarmGTEx Project

Key publications

  1. Ariel, O., Gevry, N.Y., Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M., and Bissonnette, N. (2016). "Johnes disease bovine monocyte-derived macrophages are insensitive to ex vivo infection by Mycobacterium avium ssp. Paratuberculosis.", 13th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis, Nantes, France, 19-24 June, 2016, P-01.11, pp. 45. (Abstract)

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  2. Do, D.N., Bissonnette, N., Lacasse, P., Miglior, F., Sargolzaei, M., Zhao, X., and Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M. (2016). "Genome wide association analysis and pathways enrichment for lactation persistency in Canadian Holstein cattle.", Journal of Animal Science, 94(Supp. 2). (Abstract)

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  3. Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M., Li, R., and Dudemaine, P.-L. (2016). "Long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) is abundantly expressed in the gastro intestinal tract of calves.", XXIV Plant and Animal Genome Conference, San Diego, USA, January 9-13, 2016, https://pag.confex.com/pag/xxiv/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/21424. (Poster)

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  4. Fock-Chow-Tho, D. E. Topp, E. Ibeagha-Awemu, and N. Bissonnette. Comparison of commercial DNA extraction and QPCR systems for a better sensitivity in detecting the causative paratuberculosis pathogen in dairy cow fecal samples. International Congress on Paratuberculosis, Nantes, France, June 19-24th.

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  5. Ariel, O. Ibeagha-Awemu, N. Gévry, and N. Bissonnette. Johnes disease bovine monocyte-derived macrophages are insensitive to ex vivo infection by Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis. 2016 13th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis, Nantes, France, June 19-24th.

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  6. Li, R., Dudemaine, P.L., Zhao, X., Lei, C., Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M. (2016). Comparative analysis of the miRNome of bovine milk fat, whey and cells. PLoS ONE, [online] 11(4), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0154129

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  7. Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M., Li, R., Ammah, A.A., Dudemaine, P.L., Bissonnette, N., Benchaar, C., Zhao, X. (2016). Transcriptome adaptation of the bovine mammary gland to diets rich in unsaturated fatty acids shows greater impact of linseed oil over safflower oil on gene expression and metabolic pathways. BMC Genomics, [online] 17(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12864-016-2423-x

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  8. Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M., Li, R., Ammah, A.A., Bissonnette, N., Benchaar, C., and Zhao, X. (2015). "Transcriptome adaptation of the bovine mammary gland to a diet supplemented with linseed oil.", Journal of Animal Science, 93(Suppl. S3), pp. 410. (Abstract)

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  9. Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M., Dudemaine, P.-L., Chiquette, J., Talbot, G., and Bissonnette, N. (2015). "Involvement of microRNAs in calves’ intestinal growth and development and probable modulatory role of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.", Symposium on Gut Health in Production of Food Animals, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, November 9-11, 2015. (Poster)

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  10. Fomenky, B., Beaudoin, F., Chiquette, J., Talbot, G., Bissonnette, N., Chouinard, P.Y., Lessard, M., and Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M. (2015). "Amélioration du développement immunitaire chez les veaux laitiers par les probiotiques.", Symposium sur les bovins laitiers 2015, Drummondville, QC, Canada, Octobre 29, 2015.

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  11. Fomenky, B., Chiquette, J., Chouinard, P.Y., and Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M. (2015). "The effect of two direct fed microbials on calf’s performance and oxidative burst capacity during the early period of growth.", 2015 Conference of the Canadian Society of Animal Science and the Canadian Meat Council, Ottawa, Canada, May 6-8, 2015.

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  12. Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M., Li, R., and Dudemaine, P.-L. (2015). "The long non-coding RNA transcriptome of the bovine mammary gland and potential regulatory roles in fatty acid synthesis.", 6th International Symposium on Animal Functional Genomics (ISFAG), Piacenza, Italy, July 27-29, 2015, #82, pp. 91. (Abstract)

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  13. Ariel, N., Gévry, G., Fecteau, G., Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M., Karrow, N.A., and Bissonnette, N. (2015). "Genetic association of Johne's disease susceptible cows through transcriptome profiling of MAP infected macrophages.", 2015 Conference of the Canadian Society of Animal Science and the Canadian Meat Council, Ottawa, Canada, May 6-8, 2015.

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  14. Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M., Peters, S.O., Imumorin, I.G., and Zhao, X. (2015). "Genome-wide association study of milk protein percent in Canadian Holstein cows.", 2015 Conference of the Canadian Society of Animal Science and the Canadian Meat Council, Ottawa, Canada, May 6-8, 2015.

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  15. Ariel, O., Gevry, N.Y., Fecteau, G., Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M., Karrow, N.A., and Bissonnette, N. (2015). "Bovine paratuberculosis monocyte-derived macrophages are insensitive to ex vivo MAP infection.", 65th Annual Canadian Society of Microbiologists Annual Conference, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 15-18, 2015.

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  16. Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M., Li, R., Ammah, A.A., Bissonnette, N., Benchaar, C., and Zhao, X. (2015). "Transcriptome adaptation of the bovine mammary gland to a diet supplemented with linseed oil.", ADSA-ASAS 2015 JAM (Joint Annual Meeting), Orlando, Florida, USA, July 12-16, 2015, Invited to present at the ASAS Presidents' Picks Poster Session at JAM 2015. (Poster)

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  17. Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M., Beaudoin, F., Chiquette, J., Talbot, G., Bissonnette, N., and Lessard, M. (2015). "Probiotics administration enhances calves’ lymphoproliferation responses to vaccination during the early weeks of growth.", 2015 Conference of the Canadian Society of Animal Science and the Canadian Meat Council, Ottawa, Canada, May 6-8, 2015.

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  18. Ammah, A.A., Beaudoin, F., Marier, L., Benchaar, C., Bissonnette, N., Gévry, G., and Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M. (2015). "Effects of dietary supplementation with safflower oil on milk components and fat acid composition of Canadian Holstein cows.", 2015 Conference of the Canadian Society of Animal Science and the Canadian Meat Council, Ottawa, Canada, May 6-8, 2015.

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  19. Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M., Li, R., Dudemaine, P.-L., Ammah, A.A., Bissonnette, N., Benchaar, C., and Zhao, X. (2015). "Mammary gland transcriptome profiling of cows fed safflower oil reveals a potential modulatory role for SREBP1 in fatty acid synthesis.", 2015 Conference of the Canadian Society of Animal Science and the Canadian Meat Council, Ottawa, Canada, May 6-8, 2015.

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  20. Constant, E., Ibeagha-Awemu, E.M., Miglior, F., Robitaille, G., and Bissonnette, N. (2015). "Improving the genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) approach for the identification of SNPs associated with Johne’s disease.", ADSA-ASAS JAM (Joint Annual Meeting) 2015, Orlando, Florida, USA, July 12-16, 2015, 2-15, Poster Session, pp. 651-652.

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