Dr. Urmila Basu provides leadership to the operation of core research and teaching labs and facilities, including resource management, budgets and forecasts, supporting projects and new initiatives, managing change and transition to seek efficiencies. The core research labs include genomics and proteomics unit, chromatography, plant growth facilities, animal and plant tissue culture, microbiology, human and animal nutrition, proximate analyses, sensory analysis, and product development and testing. She facilitates the management and implementation of high-throughput functional genomics technologies in multidisciplinary research projects for applications in crop and livestock improvement in the Agri-Food sector and is actively involved in collaborative research projects at the national and international level.
The Genomics and Proteomics unit supports the faculty's innovative efforts by the Livestock Genomics for improving production efficiency of livestock, as well as developing animal products with improved nutritional qualities. Other important areas of research benefiting from this infrastructure include the Functional Genomics and Microbiology group, Plant Biotechnology and Plant Pathology group creating crops with improved disease resistance and value added characteristics, Canola Breeding Program, Wheat Breeding Program, Food microbiology, the Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals group, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The genomics unit infrastructure includes the next generation sequencer, the Agilent Tapestation and Bioanalyzer, Droplet Digital PCR system and quantitative Real time PCR systems for gene expression analysis, QIAcube, 2-D gel analysis, multifunctional, laser based fluorescent imaging systems; and animal cell culture facility.
Urmila brings 20+ years of extensive experience from her various roles at the University of Alberta, with advisory, research administration, and management responsibilities. She has played an active role in enhancing student engagement and learning through teaching graduate and undergraduate courses.