About Dr. Emily Leishman, Ph.D.

Dr. Emily Leishman is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph. Emily holds a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Recently, she completed her PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics where she specialized in poultry. Her PhD thesis blended physiology, welfare, and genetics which aligns with her interest in multi-disciplinary approaches to problem solving. Emily’s previous experience in poultry modelling will be applied to working on the development of an equine metabolism model. This project will capitalize on numerous models that have been developed for other species, using them as a starting point for a model developed for horses. Developing this model for equine species will help define future research priorities, inform revisions to the nutrient requirements of horses, increase understanding of metabolic processes and related disorders, reduce waste via increased focus on precision feeding, and support the development of new products and services to improve equine health.

 
 
 
Research Publications Cited By
Meta-analysis to predict the effects of temperature stress on meat quality of poultry.
EM Leishman, J Ellis, N van Staaveren, S Barbut, RJ Vanderhout, ....
Poultry science 100 (11), 101471, 2021.
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Housing and management of turkey flocks in Canada.
N van Staaveren, EM Leishman, SM Adams, BJ Wood, ....
Animals 10 (7), 1159, 2020.
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Corticotropin-releasing factor regulates caspase-3 and may protect developing zebrafish from stress-induced apoptosis.
SL Alderman, EM Leishman, MLM Fuzzen, NJ Bernier.
General and Comparative Endocrinology 265, 207-213, 2018.
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Quality and processability of modern poultry meat.
S Barbut, EM Leishman.
Animals 12 (20), 2766, 2022.
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Research Note: Quantifying corticosterone in turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) feathers using ELISA.
EM Leishman, NE Freeman, AEM Newman, N van Staaveren, BJ Wood, ....
Poultry science 99 (11), 5261-5264, 2020.
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Describing the growth and molt of modern domestic turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) primary wing feathers.
EM Leishman, N van Staaveren, DR McIntyre, J Mohr, BJ Wood, CF Baes, ....
Journal of animal science 98 (12), skaa373, 2020.
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Describing the relationships among meat quality traits in domestic turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) populations.
HM Hiscock, EM Leishman, RJ Vanderhout, SM Adams, J Mohr, BJ Wood, ....
Poultry science 101 (10), 102055, 2022.
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Reliability of a white striping scoring system and description of white striping prevalence in purebred turkey lines.
RJ Vanderhout, EM Leishman, H Hiscock, EA Abdalla, BO Makanjuola, ....
Animals 12 (3), 254, 2022.
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A cross-sectional study on the prevalence of footpad dermatitis in canadian turkeys.
EM Leishman, N van Staaveren, VR Osborne, BJ Wood, CF Baes, ....
Frontiers in animal science 2, 726907, 2021.
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The Effect of Egg Laying on Feather and Plasma Corticosterone Concentrations in Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) Hens.
EM Leishman, N van Staaveren, J Mohr, BJ Wood, NE Freeman, ....
Animals 11 (7), 1892, 2021.
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The Adrenal Cortisol Response to Increasing Ambient Temperature in Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus).
EM Leishman, M Franke, J Marvin, D McCart, C Bradford, ZS Gyimesi, ....
Animals 12 (6), 672, 2022.
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Genetic parameters of white striping and meat quality traits indicative of pale, soft, exudative meat in Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo).
RJ Vanderhout, EM Leishman, EA Abdalla, S Barbut, BJ Wood, CF Baes.
Frontiers in genetics 13, 842584, 2022.
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Influence of post mortem muscle activity on turkey meat quality.
EM Leishman, RJ Vanderhout, N van Staaveren, S Barbut, J Mohr, ....
Frontiers in veterinary science 9, 822447, 2022.
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5. Future directions: An overview of data-driven and mechanistic modelling approaches of performance and sustainability in poultry.
EM Leishman, J You, NT Ferreira, S Adams, D Tulpan, MJ Zuidhof, ....
Animal-science proceedings 13 (4), 515-516, 2022.
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The prevalence of integument injuries and associated risk factors among canadian turkeys.
EM Leishman, N van Staaveren, VR Osborne, BJ Wood, CF Baes, ....
Frontiers in Veterinary Science 8, 757776, 2022.
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When worlds collide–Poultry modelling in the ‘Big Data’era.
EM Leishman, J You, NT Ferreira, SM Adams, D Tulpan, MJ Zuidhof, ....
animal, 100874, 2023.
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The usual suspects: Co-occurrence of integument injuries in turkey flocks.
EM Leishman, BJ Wood, CF Baes, A Harlander-Matauschek, ....
Poultry science 101 (11), 102137, 2022.
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Genetic parameters of feather corticosterone and fault bars and correlations with production traits in turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo).
EM Leishman, RJ Vanderhout, EA Abdalla, N van Staaveren, A Naim, ....
Scientific reports 13 (1), 38, 2023.
16. Mechanistic modelling of turkey growth in response to genotype and nutrition using Michaelis-Menten kinetics.
A Maraj, EM Leishman, JL Ellis.
Animal-science proceedings 13 (4), 527-528, 2022.
The relationship between feather corticosterone and fault bar occurrence in purebred domestic turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo).
AR Naim, EM Leishman, N van Staaveren, BJ Wood, A Harlander, C Baes.
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Die Pute von morgen–Züchtung zur Verbesserung von Gesundheit und Wohlergehen [Tomorrow’s turkeys–breeding to improve turkey health and welfare]. Nutzierhaltung im Fokus ….
N van Staaveren, E Leishman, A Harlander, B Wood, C Baes.
International Society of Livestock Husbandry, 2022.
Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Activity and Robustness: Working Towards Better Breeding of Canadian Turkeys.
E Leishman.
University of Guelph, 2021.
54 Genetics Reloaded: Large-scale Collection of Novel Phenotypes in Turkey.
CF Baes, N van Staaveren, B Makanjuola, EM Leishman, E Abdalla, ....
Journal of Animal Science 99 (Supplement_3), 29-30, 2021.
Novel traits on the horizon: conceptual and theoretical aspects of turkey breeding.
CF Baes, R Vanderhout, E Leishman, E Abdalla, N Van Staaveren, ....
EAAP, 2021.
Intra-and inter-observer reliability when assessing white striping in turkey breast muscle.
N Van Staaveren, R Vanderhout, E Leishman, H Hiscock, EA Abdalla, ....
EAAP, 2021.
Management practices associated with footpad dermatitis in turkey flocks.
EM Leishman, N Van Staaveren, BJ Wood, A Harlander.
EAAP, 2021.
Temperature stress and poultry meat quality: a meta-analysis.
EM Leishman, J Ellis, N van Staaveren, S Barbut, R Vanderhout, ....
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Biosecurity practices in relation to on-farm mortality and disease in turkey flocks.
N van Staaveren, EM Leishman, BJ Wood, A Harlander, CF Baes.
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How does egg laying influence HPA-axis activity in turkey lines selected for growth or reproductive traits?.
EM Leishman, N van Staaveren, J Mohr, BJ Wood, NE Freeman, ....
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Application of genomic selection in turkeys for health, welfare, efficiency and production traits.
C Baes, N van Staaveren, EM Leishman, R Vanderhout, EA Abdalla, ....
Canadian Poultry Science Network, 2021.
Perceptions of turkey farmers on health or welfare-related issues.
N van Staaveren, E Leishman, BJ Wood, A Harlander, CF Baes.
Canadian Poultry Science Network, 2021.
Factors associated with footpad dermatitis prevalence in Canadian turkey flocks.
EM Leishman, N van Staaveren, VR Osborne, B Wood, A Harlander, ....
Canadian Poultry Science Network, 2021.
Describing turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) primary wing feather growth: implications for biomarker measurement.
EM Leishman, N van Staaveren, DR McIntyre, J Mohr, BJ Wood, CF Baes, ....
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Prevalence of pecking injuries and footpad dermatitis in turkey flocks.
N Van Staaveren, EM Leishman, S Adams, BJ Wood, A Harlander, ....
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A validated ELISA method for detecting differences in feather corticosterone between turkey lines.
EM Leishman, N Freeman, A Newman, N Van Staaveren, BJ Wood, ....
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Single-step genomic selection in turkeys for health, welfare, efficiency and production traits.
C Baes, F Schenkel, E Abdalla, HE Begli, A Harlander, S Barbut, S Adams, ....
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What do farmers think about health and welfare issues in turkey production?.
N van Staaveren, EM Leishman, S Adams, BJ Wood, A Harlander, ....
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Differences in feather corticosterone level between purebred turkey lines with different breeding objectives.
EM Leishman, NE Freeman, AE Newman, N van Staaveren, BJ Wood, ....
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PSIII-8 A risk factor analysis of health traits in turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) on Canadian farms.
EM Leishman, N van Staaveren, VR Osborne, BJ Wood, CF Baes, ....
Journal of Animal Science 97 (Suppl 3), 190, 2019.
Investigating factors associated with health traits in Canadian turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) flocks.
E Leishman, N van Staaveren, S Adams, V Osborne, B Wood, C Baes, ....
Poultry Science 98 (E-Supplement 1), 163-163, 2019.
Describing the relationships among meat quality traits in domestic turkey.
HM Hiscock, EM Leishman, RJ Vanderhout, SM Adams, J Mohr, BJ Wood, ....
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Conceptual, theoretical, and applied aspects of genomic selection in turkeys.
CF Baesº, FS Schenkel, EA Abdalla, HE Begli, A Harlander-Matauschekº, ....
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