Founded in 1908, the University of Alberta is a public research university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The UofA is considered a “Comprehensive academic and research university” (CARU), and offers a range of academic and professional programs, which generally lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees. The university has a strong research focus and this is particularly true in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES), where Dr Guan is appointed. ALES has some of the most comprehensive agricultural and environmental research infrastructure and teaching facilities in the world. In addition to its many laboratories on the UAL’s main campus, ALES is also home to many research units, centres, ranches and facilities. ALES researchers have broad expertise in the animal sciences, including nutrition and metabolism, microbiology, immunology, reproductive physiology, genetics and genomics, meat quality, and ethology to support optimal health and production efficiency in domestic animal species.