Student Research

Undergraduate Students

The staff of the Poultry Research Unit, as members of the Faculty of Veterinary Science are responsible for a number of undergraduate courses. Lectures and practical classes in all aspects of poultry science and production are given to students of the Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Science. The facilities used in these courses are located in the Foundation Unit at Camden.

The Poultry Research Foundation offers an annual prize to the final year student in Animal Veterinary BioScience course who demonstrates the greatest proficiency in poultry science.

2012 Winner:
Shenara Somasundaram - "Alleviating heat stress in commercial ducks."

Previous Winners:
2011 - Hannah Lum - "The effect of altered incubation temperature on bone composition and leg weakness in a fast feathering dam Cobb line of broilers."
2010 - Kate Hartcher - "Using egg albumen corticosterone concentrations to evaluate the role of the glucocorticoids in the production of abnormal eggs."
AND Ryan Hopcroft - "Impact of sorghum-based diets (including aspects of their processing) on broiler growth."

Postgraduate / Masters Students

PhD and MSc students have contributed substantially to the research programs conducted over the years, and many now occupy positions where they service the Australian poultry industry directly, or indirectly. Since its inception in 1958 the PRF has seen over 60 PhD and MSc students graduate successfully.

Many of the students have been from overseas and have undertaken their degrees, often as part of official Australian aid programs to developing countries. Their return home has facilitated the development of an international network with common interests in research and education in poultry science.

Current Students:
Tugrul Durali - Comparative digestive physiology and health of free range broiler and conventional broiler.
Sonia Yun Liu - Starch and protein digestion kinetics in broilers.
Emma Bradbury - Ca, P and phytase and the effects on broiler welfare.
Linda Browning - Vitamin D, Ca, P and phytase in poultry.
Kate Hartcher - Effect of rearing conditions on the development of feather-pecking behaviours in free-range laying hens.
Dean Powell - Investigating the effect of nutritional status on chicken satellite cell fate, proliferation and differentiation and their implications on muscle development.

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Postdoctoral Research offers recently graduated PhD students the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge and further their education and experience as a research scientist. Typically these positions are research only though occasionally involve some degree of teaching and supervisory commitment. Postdoctoral researchers in many ways are the life-blood of the PRF as they have the time and the focus to make considerable progress in their given research area.

Current Postdoctoral Research Associates:
Stuart Wilkinson - 4 year commercially sponsored project to investigate the effects of phytate in monogastric nutrition.
Yumin Bao - 3 year Danisco supported project on mechanistic modelling of feed enzyme bioefficacy in the diets of broiler chickens.
Mini Singh - 3 year Poultry CRC funded project on improving the performance of free-range poultry production.