MSc in Streptococcus suis Genomics

Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, Canada
Job Type:
  • MSc
Degree Level Required:
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MSc in Streptococcus suis Genomics

The research will focus on molecular epidemiology of Streptococcus suis in pigs using a whole genome sequencing approach and advanced data analysis methods. The goal is to determine the molecular characteristics (including virulence-associated-factors, multilocus sequence typing (MLST) groups, and antimicrobial resistance genes) of Streptococcus suis isolates already recovered from Ontario nurseries. Genetic variants associated with Streptococcus suis infection will be identified and the relative importance of host factors versus pathogen related factors will be determined.

The successfully applicants will work with an interdisciplinary team including Drs. Nicole Ricker, Vahab Farzan, Zvonimir Poljak, and Brandon Lillie in the Departments of Pathobiology and Population Medicine.


The projects will primarily include the application of bioinformatics and epidemiological methods to explore the host-pathogen interaction at the molecular level.


Selection of the successful candidate for the MSc position will be based on a combination of academic criteria, relevant interest and experience, referees’ evaluations, and an assessment of the candidate’s career goals and motivation. Experience in bioinformatics and/or programming will be an asset.

  • How to Apply

    Application should be submitted to Dr. Ricker at or Dr. Farzan at, and should include a cover letter, CV, a copy of transcripts, and names of three references. We encourage applications from aboriginal Canadians, members of the LGBTQA community, women, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

Additional Information

Research-related inquiries, or inquiries about the specific project should be directed to Drs. Ricker and/or Farzan. Further inquiries related to general application procedures can be directed to