2021 University of Guelph Scholarship For International Students (Fully Funded)

2021 University of Guelph Scholarship

In the Department of Pathobiology, a 2-year MSc position is available beginning in May 2021. The research project will consist of challenge trials in the OVC Animal Isolation Facility to shape an infection model for post-weaned E. coli infections. coll diarrhea.


Specifically, the association of genetic factors, age of pigs, and infectious dosage with the severity of diarrhea, bacterial shedding, and histology lesions in pigs challenged with enterotoxigenic E. coli will be investigated.

The optimized infection model will then be used to study the effect of alternative methods (Ex. probiotics) on post-weaning E. coll diarrhea.

Scholarship Summary


The research project will include animal work (eg. animal trials, sample collection from live pigs and during postmortem), as well as laboratory work (eg RFLP-PCR, bacteriology), analysis of clinical and laboratory data collected during the trial, and use of epidemiological methods to analyze data.

Experience with animal handling/animal management will be considered an asset, as will previous experience with laboratory work.


Scholarship Requirements

Selection of the successful candidate is based on a combination of;

  • academic criteria,
  • relevant interest and experience,
  • referees’ evaluations, and
  • an assessment of the candidate’s career goals and motivation.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

Application Method:

A formal application should be submitted to Dr. Lillie at or Dr. Vahab Farzan at and should include a

  • CV,
  • a copy of undergraduate transcripts,
  • names of three references,
  • and a cover letter stating interest in the above-mentioned titles.

Dr. Brandon Lillie

Associate Professor & Chair Department of Pathobiology Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario –


  • Dr. Vahab Farzan

Adjunct Professor, Associated Graduate Faculty Departments of Pathobiology & Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario –

Research-related inquiries or inquiries about the specific project should be directed to Dr. Lillie and/or Dr. Farzan.

For more Enquiries

Research-related inquiries or inquiries about the specific project should be directed to Dr. Lillie and/or Dr. Farzan.

Further inquiries related to general application procedures can be directed to Ms. Jessie Beer, Graduate Program Assistant, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, NIG 2W1, Canada; phone 519-824-4120 ext. 54725; e-mail:

The University of Guelph is committed to an Employment Equity Program that includes special measures to achieve diversity among its faculty and staff. We therefore particularly encourage applications from qualified aboriginal Canadians, members of the LGBTQA community, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.


Deadline: September 1, 2021

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