Dr Elizabeth Ross

Research Fellow

Centre for Animal Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
e.ross@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 62162

Overview

Research Interests

  • Metagenomics and the Microbiome
    Since my PhD I have been interested in the microbiome and it's links to host variation. Using it in a predictive way to help agriculture become more environmentally friendly while increasing our ability to feed the world means that we can have our beef, and eat it too.
  • The mammalian genome and its genes
    New technology is allowing us to look at things that were invisible just a few years before. Applying new technology to understand similarities and differences between individual genomes allows us to look at aspects of the genome and its genes at a scale never before possible.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Metagenomics is the study of genomes from a microbiome. We know that the microbiome controls important traits like greenhouse gas production from cattle, and feed conversion efficiency, but there is still a lot left to find out! This project will explore the microbiome of agricultural species, aiming to uncover important insight into how to make animal agriculture cleaner and greener while feeding the world. Relevent majors: Bioinformatics, Animal Science, Agricultural Science, Biological Science, Statistics, Molecular Genetics.

  • New technologies are providing us with more data than ever before. Possibilities that were inconcievable just a few years ago are now a reality. This project will use cutting edge technology and data to gain insight into how the genes in the genome are regulated to cause shifts in the phenotype of an indivdual. Relevent majors: Bioinformatics, Animal Science, Biological Science, Statistics, Molecular Genetics.

  • Genomics is a rapidly expanding feild. The 'invisible' variation within mammalian genomes, such as structural variants, can now be measured en masse. This project will explore genetic variation within the Brahman (cattle) genome, with the aim of increasing our knowledge of how the genome functions and leads to differeces between individuals. Relevent majors: Bioinformatics, Animal Science, Agricultural Science, Biological Science, Statistics, Molecular Genetics.

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Copley, J.P., Engle, B.N., Speight, S., Fordyce, G., Ross, E.M., Voss-Fels, K.P. and Hayes, B.J. (2021). Assessing the relationship between beef cattle fertility traits and novel environmental descriptors in northern Australia. 24th Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics Conference, Online, 2-4 November 2021. Armidale, NSW Australia: Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics.

  • Lamb, H. J. , Nguyen, L. T., Engle, B. N., Hayes, B. J. and Ross, E. M. (2021). Accuracy of genomic prediction in Brahman cattle using simulated genotypes from low-coverage nanopore sequencing. 24th Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics Conference, On-line with local hubs in Australia, 2-4 November 2021. Armidale, NSW Australia: Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics.

  • Ross, E. M., Lamb, H. J., Engle, B. N. , Nguyen, L. T. and Hayes, B. J. (2021). Assessing the potential of parentage testing using portable long read sequencing technologies. 24th Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics Conference, On-line with local hubs in Australia, 2-4 November 2021. Armidale, NSW Australia: Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics.

  • Forutan, M., Vander Jagt, C.J., Ross, E., Chamberlain, A. J., Mason, B., Nguyen, L., Moore, S., Garner, J. B., Xiang, R. and Hayes, B. J. (2021). Genome wide analysis of bovine enhancers and promoters across developmental stages in liver. 24th Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics Conference, On-line with local hubs in Australia, 2-4 November 2021. Armidale, NSW Australia: Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics.

  • Forutan, Mehrnush, Ross, Elizabeth, Nguyen, Loan and Hayes, Ben (2021). Genome-wide analysis of transcription start sites across Bos indicus tissues. 38th International Conference on Animal Genetics, Online, 26 - 30 July 2021.

  • Nguyen, Loan T., Forutan, Mehrnush, Hayes, Ben J. and Ross, Elizabeth M. (2021). A Bos indicus epigenetic clock predicts age from tail hair. 38th International Society of Animal Genetics (ISAG), Virtual, 26 - 30 July 2021.

  • Lamb, Harrison, Nguyen, Loan T., Hayes, Ben J., Randhawa, Imtiaz A. S. and Ross, Elizabeth M. (2021). Genomic prediction using low-coverage Nanopore sequencing. 38th International Society of Animal Genetics, Virtual, 26 - 30 July 2021.

  • Mantilla Valdivieso, E., Ross, E., Raza, A., Hayes, B., Jonsson, N., James, P. and Tabor, A. (2021). Effect of bovine reference genome choice in RNA-SEQ alignment and differential gene expression analysis in Brangus cattle. 24th Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics Conference, On-line with local hubs in Australia, 2-4 November 2021. Armidale, NSW, Australia: Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics.

  • Copley, J., Engle, B., Ross, E., Landmark, S., Fordyce, G., Burns, B. and Hayes, B. (2021). Factors affecting fertility in northern Australian beef herds. 33rd Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Animal Sciences, Fremantle, WA, Australia and online, 1-3 February 2020. Toowong, QLD, Australia: Australian Association of Animal Sciences.

  • Mantilla Valdivieso, E., Ross, E., Hayes, B., Jonsson, N., James, P. and Tabor, A. (2021). Investigating host biomarkers associated with cattle tick resistance. 33rd Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Animal Sciences, Fremantle, WA, Australia and online, 1-3 February 2020. Toowong, QLD, Australia: Australian Association of Animal Sciences.

  • Bath, C., Morrison, M., Ross, E. M., Hayes, B. J. and Cocks, B. G. (2013). The symbiotic rumen microbiome and cattle performance: a brief review. Clayton, VIC, Australia: CSIRO Publishing. doi: 10.1071/AN12369

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Metagenomics is the study of genomes from a microbiome. We know that the microbiome controls important traits like greenhouse gas production from cattle, and feed conversion efficiency, but there is still a lot left to find out! This project will explore the microbiome of agricultural species, aiming to uncover important insight into how to make animal agriculture cleaner and greener while feeding the world. Relevent majors: Bioinformatics, Animal Science, Agricultural Science, Biological Science, Statistics, Molecular Genetics.

  • New technologies are providing us with more data than ever before. Possibilities that were inconcievable just a few years ago are now a reality. This project will use cutting edge technology and data to gain insight into how the genes in the genome are regulated to cause shifts in the phenotype of an indivdual. Relevent majors: Bioinformatics, Animal Science, Biological Science, Statistics, Molecular Genetics.

  • Genomics is a rapidly expanding feild. The 'invisible' variation within mammalian genomes, such as structural variants, can now be measured en masse. This project will explore genetic variation within the Brahman (cattle) genome, with the aim of increasing our knowledge of how the genome functions and leads to differeces between individuals. Relevent majors: Bioinformatics, Animal Science, Agricultural Science, Biological Science, Statistics, Molecular Genetics.

  • I have a range of research projects avalible. I strongly prefer 8 unit or more projects - but will consider shorter projects for the right applicant. The avalible projects include a range of techniques and focuses. Please email me requesting information on avalible projects and I will send you the project summary booklet. To be considered for a project you will need to send a CV, accedemic transcript, and an example of your technical writeing (for example a lab report from another class, or an assignment).

    All projects will be tailored to the student reseracher based on their skills, experience level, and desired outcomes.