Physiology and animal science research group

Université Laval, Québec, Québec
What the facility does

Integrated physiology and animal science research. 

Area(s) of Expertise

Our research is focused on animals and their health and well-being and aimed at increasing the productivity of livestock and the value of related products. We use chemical, genomic, proteomic, epigenetic and phenomic analysis tools as part of a unique integrated approach, allowing us to innovate in the areas of genetic improvement of animals, food and nutrition, as well as husbandry practices. Our research goal is to produce healthy, safe food from healthy animals and to study the ethical and regulatory implications raised by scientific advances in the agriculture and food industries.

Research Services

Molecular analysis of the composition of food and various inputs, comparative physiology by tissue culture, confocal microscopy, live cell microscopy, proteomics, genomics, genetics, epigenetics, bioinformatics, databases, model analysis,

Sectors of Application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Name of specialized lab 

Name of equipment

Description of function

Food Analysis Laboratory

Grinders, homogenizers, ovens

Transformation of samples for chemical analysis

 

HPLC chromatograph

Composition analysis

 

Lipid extractor

 

 

Mass spectrometer

Composition analysis

Animal Physiology Laboratory

Quantitative PCR

Gene detection

 

Ultracentrifuge

Sample preparation

 

Laminar flow cabinet

Embryo production, tissue preparation

 

Biochip platform (hybridization station, biochip reader, analysis software)

Gene detection, genomics, epigenetics

 

Live cell imaging system (confocal microscopy)

Real-time live cell visualization

 

Micromanipulator

Manipulation of embryos and ova

Animal Product Analysis Laboratory

Fluorescence microscope

Imagery

 

Incubators

Live cell preservation

Bioinformatics and biostatistics

Computers and software

High-speed data analysis

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre
  • Health Canada
  • Institute for Marine Biosciences
  • Santé publique Québec
  • Food Research and Development Centre
  • IRDA
  • Alliance Boviteq
  • A number of Canadian and international universities