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PhD In ovo nutrition and embryonic gut development in chickens

About This PhD Project

Project Description

We are a research institute of The University of Queensland, one of the world’s leading research providers in tropical and sub-tropical agriculture and food production. We work across crops, horticulture, animals, and nutrition and food sciences, and are supported by industry and the Queensland Government.

QAAFI is comprised of four inter-related research centres, with a focus on the challenges facing tropical and sub-tropical food and agribusiness sectors in the tropical and subtropical systems. Our vision is sustainable agriculture and food achieved through science and innovation

The project

In ovo nutrition and embryonic gut development in chickens:
Aims to develop a perinatal program to improve embryonic development and post-hatching gut health in chickens. The embryonic interventions will be “in ovo” and will consist of using essential oils (EOs) selected based on antimicrobial, antioxidant and digestion stimulant activities to promote early feed intake, gut development and a stable healthy microbiome early in the life of the chicken.

Selection criteria

Animal or Veterinary science. Biotechnology background would be of value.

*This project is available until September 2020 unless a suitable candidate is found prior*

To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ. Please visit the Graduate School's website


To discuss this role, please contact Dr Marta Navarro-Gomez by email

How to apply

Please visit the advertisement on the Graduate School Website ( for information on how to apply.

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