Physiology and animal science research group

Université Laval, Québec, Québec
What the facility does

Integrated physiology and animal science research. 

Areas 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
Specialized lab EquipmentFunction
Food Analysis LaboratoryGrinders, homogenizers, ovensTransformation of samples for chemical analysis
 HPLC chromatographComposition analysis
 Lipid extractor 
 Mass spectrometerComposition analysis
Animal Physiology LaboratoryQuantitative PCRGene detection
 UltracentrifugeSample preparation
 Laminar flow cabinetEmbryo 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
 MicromanipulatorManipulation of embryos and ova
Animal Product Analysis LaboratoryFluorescence microscopeImagery
 IncubatorsLive cell preservation
Bioinformatics and biostatisticsComputers and softwareHigh-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