Sustainable Beef Systems Research Group

Dr. Fiona C. Buchanan

Department of Animal and Poultry Science

College of Agriculture & Bioresources

University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Canada S7N 5A8

phone: (306)966-4160 fax: (306)966-4151



Fiona Buchanan grew up on a sheep farm in New Zealand. She received a B.Sc. (1986) and M.Sc. (1988) both in Microbiology from the University of Otago. She then worked as a technician for MAFtechnology (now AgResearch) for two years in the Molecular Biology Unit. She obtained her Ph.D. in 1994 from the University of Otago (Biochemistry) researching sheep molecular genetics.

She was awarded a Canadian Government Laboratory Visiting Fellow (NSERC) to work on population genetics of beluga whales at the Freshwater Institute, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Winnipeg, 1994-95.

She is now a Professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science where she was hired in 1995 as a beef cattle molecular geneticist. Fiona teaches livestock production and genetics to diploma, degree and graduate students.

Current Research Areas

The main focus of Dr. Buchanan’s research has been to identify existing genetic variation that gives beef producers an economic advantage. This involves the genetic characterization of genes that are suspected of playing a role and then proving that an association exists between the genotype and trait. Other ramifications of the gene variants are also assessed i.e. with this advantage are there any associated disadvantages (i.e pleiotropy). Research has mainly focused on the appetite pathway. Graduate student training is one of the most enjoyable aspects of research.

Characterization of genes affecting
- post-natal growth
- carcass composition
- stress response
- behaviour


Recent Beef Research Publications

Fiona Buchanan's Department Webpage

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