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We are recruiting Postdoctoral and PhD/MS Scholars to study innate immunity in the pathogenesis of inflammatory intestinal diseases


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April 2024
Congratulations! Aydin Herik for his Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Thesis.

An inspirational bioinformatic single-cell RNA seq work describing the role of proteases in Citrobacter rodentium colitis
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Our PhD student, Priyoshi Lahiri successfully defended her thesis on March 27, 2023.


Great work Dr. Lahiri!

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Veterinary Immunology 2022
Online and in-person course in Uruguay

Annual Hiking 2022

Team CoboLab hiking at the Prairie Mountain near Bragg Creek, Alberta.

Anniversary… first year in our new lab!

It has been a year since we are working in the new lab space at Health Science Center 1st floor (Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases). 

New members and equipment are ready to rock in the second 2022 semester. 

International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress 2022

Great time at the 26th International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 21st to 24th 2022.
We presented our recent work on colonic innate immune defenses in swine dysentery with leaders of the swine production industry’s value chain. Interesting debates on the use of antimicrobials and novel antibiotic free alternatives in swine production and its impacts.



We are happy to announce our master student, Cristina Fodor successfully defended her thesis on April 8, 2022.


Well done and Great work Cristina!

 We are recruiting!  

We are excited to announce that we are hiring. To know more, please contact us 


A study of how cathelicidins can sense bacterial pathogens in the gut to promote the release of chemokine IL-8 published in Gut Microbes journal


We are happy to announce our most recent publication, conducted by Ravi Holani et al., in the prestigious Gut Microbes journal.

This is an extensive and elegant study of how cathelicidins can sense bacterial pathogens in the gut 


Great work Ravi!


To read more, visit

Eduardo R. Cobo has been promoted to Tenure Associate Professor, effectively July 2020

Thank UofC for this confidence as a professor and scholar.

Eduardo R. Cobo has been appointed as Adjunct and Graduate Faculty at the Department of Health Management, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Prince Edward Island

Thank UPEI for this recognition  

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We collaborate with French colleagues on parasite protection, stress transmission, and why we eat

We received an award from the France Canada Research Fund (FCRF) to work with colleagues in France on specific research projects. To read more:



Vision: A future in which antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is contained.

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Our group is now an essential member of the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)- One Health Consortium  


This is a pan-Alberta collaborative platform focused on antimicrobial use and resistance. We are studying gut innate immunity across microbiome differences during infectious colitis and immunomodulatory therapeutics in pigs.

Our project is titled "Gut innate immunity across microbiome differences during infectious colitis and immunomodulatory therapeutics in pigs". We run this project in collaboration with Dr. Andre Buret (Univ. Calgary) and Drs. Leluo Guan and Ben Willing (University of Alberta).

Click here to know more.


New Frontiers in Research Fund (2020) awards for Exploration projects that push research boundaries in Canada

In collaboration with Drs Marya Ahmed (PI) and Javier Sanchez (Co-I) from University of Prince Edward Island, we awarded New Frontiers in Research Fund/Exploration to support high risk, high reward and interdisciplinary research on the use therapeutic peptides in bovine mastitis

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NSERC supports our grad students

We commit our students to pursue their own paths in the sciences. Grad students Graham Blyth and Cristina Fodor worked on it and they have been recognized with top national scholarships as high caliber scholars.

Graham was awarded the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship-Doctoral (2019-2021) and the Cumming School of Medicine Graduate Student Scholarship (2019-2022).

Cristina obtained the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master’s Research Scholarship. (2020-2021), the Cumming School of Medicine Graduate Scholarship (2020-2021), and the Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES), Master’s (2019-2020). Congratulations and take the best from it!

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Zoetis Award for Research in Excellence 2019

Getting this nationally recognized honor for faculty members at veterinary schools in North America for outstanding research effort and productivity.


Our latest research in digital dermatitis at the 38th Western Canadian Dairy Seminar

A variety of topics (from nutrition and reproduction to dairy policy and challenges facing the dairy industry.) were presented at WCDS 2020. Grad student Priyoshi Lahiri and undergrad Makaela Douglas presented their latest advances in the skin innate immune response in cows suffering digital dermatitis.

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World Congress of Inflammation (2019)

Ravi Holani (PhD Candidate) presented his research about the role of cathelicidins promoting CXCL8/CXCL1 during infectious colitis in the prestigious World Congress of Inflammation (Sydney, Australia).


Here, with world scientific leaders in inflammation Drs John L. Wallace, Dawn Bowdish Paul Kubes, Ania Bogoslowski.

From CTV news

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Our former undergrad, Emily Boucher, got a Rhodes Scholar to study the health of older adults 

Emily Boucher is in the first yr of a three-year MD program at the Cumming School of Medicine (Univ of Calgary). She has been a Bachelor of Health Science undergraduate student in our lab for 4 yrs and completed her Honour Thesis with us (June 2019) studying cathelicidins in macrophages. Boucher has been an avid researcher since her first summer in our lab when she published a manuscript as the first author (Boucher et al. 2018, Parasitology). She has sought to combine her love of research with hands-on experience and, as a result, she obtained this great scholarship to pursue grad studies at Oxford!!

Click here for more from CTV NEWS.

Prestigious awards in Research Mentorship for undergraduate and graduate students

Our program aims to contribute to the next generation of scientists in animal immunology on infectious diseases is working! 

In just one year (2018), we achieved the "Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Supervision" (UCVM) and the "Research Mentor Award for undergraduate students" (BHSc, Cumming School of Medicine).


Annual hiking 2018

Team Cobo hiking at the Plain of Six Glaciers, The Other Tea House at Lake Louise


Christmas dinner (2018)


Graham's wife Baby shower (2018)


May 2018 babies


Getting published as undergrads: A mentorship story

Our undergraduate student, Emily Boucher, supported by the Markin Undergraduate Student Research Program, published a peer-reviewed publication as first author in her first summer (Boucher et al. 2018, Parasitology). Nice start for a young scientist.

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First Nations youngs sparks an interest in science

May 2018 started off with a bang when the lab hosted two talented First Nations high school students – Breanna and Kennedy.  As lab participants of the prestigious Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program, they were guided by our PhD student Graham Blyth. This was a rich experience not only for them, but also for us. To learn more, check out the story in UToday news


Promoting research into the next generation

High school student, Arzina Jaffer, gained some valuable research experience in our lab through the sponsorship of the Heritage Youth Summer Program (2017). Among 22 students, she was awarded for the best 3-min speech. Her research was about natural alternatives (host defense peptides) to antibiotics in controlling infectious diseases and the importance of our fight against antimicrobial resistance in livestock and humans. This is great recognition for this young lady and an excellent opportunity to promote our research for the next generation.

Collaboration in China for studying mastitis

We have established a long term collaboration with Dr. Han Bo, China Agricultural University, to study innate defenses in mastitis with an emphasis in Prototheca bovis.

Here, in some of our trips to China and in Summer 2018, when CAU visiting student Muhammad Shahid (left, top) came to UCVM for several months to publish 2 manuscripts in Sci Rep and Front Cell Infect Microbiol.

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Annual hiking 2017

Team made their annual hiking at Sulphur Mountain, Banff

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Working with friends

This is what we want. "Doing what we love with people that we like".


As examples, during summer 2015, the lab was fortunate to have hosted Dr. Prando D. Moore (National Scientific and Technical Research Council, CONICET, Argentina) (left, top), an expert in bovine neosporosis. Together, we investigated innate defenses in cows infected with Neospora caninum, an obligate intracellular protozoan that causes abortion in cattle and encephalitis in dogs.


In 2018, we studied gut innate immunity in calves infected with E. coli O:157: H7 with Drs. P Moore, A Vagnozi, L Vagnoni (and A Cataldi) (right, top) at the National Agricultural Technology Institute, Castelar, Argentina.

In the old days (2009), we studied immune responses in the lower genital tract of bulls infected withTritrichomonas foetus with Drs. R BonDurant and H. Favetto (left, bottom) and D Agnew (right, bottom) at University of California Davis.

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