Fitzsimmons, Carolyn, Ph.D.

Beef Genomics Research Scientist

Contact Information:

8215-112 St
1400 College Plaza
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2C8
Telephone: 780-248-1700
Fax: 780-248-1900

Areas of Expertise:

  • Gene Expression
  • Epigenetics
  • Nutrigenetics/nutrigenomics

Current Projects:

  • Gene expression diversity induced by management schemes in the project "Reducing age at slaughter in youthful beef cattle"
  • Multiple and Candidate Gene Approaches to Evaluation and Improvement of Economically Relevant Traits in Cattle
  • Adipose tissue gene expression in cull cows fed supplemental flax to enhance the fatty-acid profile of meat

Affiliations:

  • University of Alberta
  • Canadian Society of Animal Science
  • International Society of Animal Genetics
  • International Embryo Transfer Society

Research publications

2017

2015

2014

2013

2011

2009

Other science related publications

2016

  • Foroutan, A., Dugan, M.E.R, Stothard, P., Grant, J., Paradis, F., Guan, L.L., McAllister, T.A., Basu, U., Li, C., and Fitzsimmons, C.J. (2016). "Gene expression differences associated with fatty-acid deposition in beef cattle fed diets with supplemental flaxseed.", XXIV Plant and Animal Genomics Conference, San Diego, CA, USA, January 2016. (Abstract)

2015

  • Li, C., Ekine-Dzivenu, C., Chen, L., Vinsky, M.D., Basarab, J.A., Aalhus, J.L., Dugan, M.E.R, and Fitzsimmons, C.J. (2015). "Heritability estimates and accuracy of predicting direct genomic breeding values for fatty acid composition of beef cattle.", CASA. (Abstract)

2014

  • Chen, L., Vinsky, M.D., Ekine, C., Basarab, J.A., Aalhus, J.L., Dugan, M.E.R, Curtis, J., Fitzsimmons, C.J., Stothard, P., and Li, C. (2014). "Genomic prediction of direct genomic breeding values for fatty acid concentrations in subcutaneous adipose and longissimus lumborum muscle of beef cattle.", Livestock Gentec 5th Annual conference, Edmonton, AB, Canada, August 12-14, 2014. (Poster)
  • Fitzsimmons, C.J., Muhire, G., Paradis, F., McKeown, L.E., Straathof, C., Block, H.C., Colazo, M.G., Li, C., Yaremcio, B., Basarab, J.A., and Bruce, H.L. (2014). "Pregnant beef heifers categorized by residual feed intake measured in adolescence exhibit differential intake andfeeding behaviors when fed a restricted diet. 2014.", ADSA-ASAS 2014 Joint Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO, USA, July 20-24, 2014. (Poster)
  • Foroutan, A., Stothard, P., Grant, J., Paradis, F., Guan, L.L., Dugan, M.E.R, McAllister, T.A., Basu, U., McLean, K.L., and Fitzsimmons, C.J. (2014). "Transcriptional analysis in Longissimus thoracis muscle, subcutaneous and kidney fat of cattle fed diets with supplemental flaxseed.", XXII Plant & Animal Genome Conference, Town & Country Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA, January 10-15, 2014.
  • Li, C., Aalhus, J.L., Dugan, M.E.R, Fitzsimmons, C.J., Basarab, J.A., Curtis, J., Stothard, P., Okine, E.K., Wang, Z., Bruce, H.L., and Buchanan, F.C. (2014). Identifying DNA markers for enhancing beneficial fatty acids in beef, Final project report, 33 pages to Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA). (Report)
  • Li, C., Dugan, M.E.R, Aalhus, J.L., Fitzsimmons, C.J., Basarab, J.A., Buchanan, F.C., Chen, L., Ekine-Dzivenu, C., Stothard, P., Curtis, J., Bruce, H.L., Wang, Z., and Okine, E.K. (2014). "Genetic Influence of Host Animal on Fatty Acid Profile in Beef.", University of Alberta Kinsella Day, Kinsella, AB, Canada, August 13, 2014. (Poster)
  • Li, C., Dugan, M.E.R, Aalhus, J.L., Fitzsimmons, C.J., Basarab, J.A., Buchanan, F.C., Chen, L., Ekine-Dzivenu, C., Stothard, P., Curtis, J.M., Bruce, H.L., Wang, Z., and Okine, E.K. (2014). "Genetic Influence of Host Animal on Fatty Acid Profile in Beef.", Beef and Ranch Report, pp. 34-35.

2013

  • Chen, L., Vinsky, M.D., Ekine, C., Basarab, J.A., Aalhus, J.L., Dugan, M.E.R, Curtis, J.M., Fitzsimmons, C.J., Buchanan, F.C., Stothard, P., Liao, X.J., Wang, Z., Okine, E.K., and Li, C. (2013). "Genome-wide identification of single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with fatty acids in beef cattle.", Livestock Gentec Conference, Edmonton, Canada, October, 2013. (Abstract)
  • Ekine, C., Chen, L., Vinsky, M.D., Basarab, J.A., Aalhus, J.L., Dugan, M.E.R, Curtis, J., Fitzsimmons, C.J., Wang, Z., Okine, E.K., and Li, C. (2013). "Heritability of fatty acids in longissimus dorsi muscle and subcutaneous adipose tissue of beef cattle.", Livestock Gentec Conference, Edmonton, Canada, October, 2013. (Abstract)
  • Foroutan, A., Stothard, P., Grant, J., Paradis, F., Guan, L.L., Dugan, M.E.R, Basu, U., McLean, K.L., and Fitzsimmons, C.J. (2013). "Transcriptional analysis in Longissimus dorsi muscle and subcutaneous fat of the cattle fed diets with supplemental flaxseed.", Livestock Gentec Conference, Edmonton, Canada, October, 2013. (Abstract)
  • Straathof, C., Paradis, F., Block, H.C., Colazo, M.G., Yaremcio, B., Li, C., Bruce, H.L., and Fitzsimmons, C.J. (2013). "Investigating RFI and diet interactions on ADG, body weight, rib and back fat thickness in pregnant Angus heifers.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, P25, pp. 35. (Poster)
  • Thompson, S., Schaefer, A.L., Crow, G.H., Basarab, J.A., Colyn, J.J., Wittenberg, K.M., Baron, V.S., Fitzsimmons, C.J., and Ominski, K.H. (2013). "Predicting residual feed intake in beef bulls by measuring radiated heat loss through infrared thermography.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, O20-GS, pp. 11.
  • Thompson, S., Ullenboom, T.R., Crow, G.H., Basarab, J.A., Wittenberg, K.M., Baron, V.S., Fitzsimmons, C.J., and Ominski, K.H. (2013). "Repeated measures of residual feed intake in growing beef bulls fed forage and grainbased diets.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, P13, pp. 29. (Poster)

2012

  • Awda, B.J., Wood, K.M., McBride, B.W., Miller, S.P., Mandell, I.B., and Fitzsimmons, C.J. (2012). "The influence of feed intake on pancreatic lipase, α-amylase, and trypsin activities in pregnant beef cows.", 45th Meeting Midwestern Sectional Scientific Sessions and Business Meeting, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, IA, USA, March 19-21, 2012.
  • Awda, B.J., Wood, K.M., Trouten-Radford, L., McBride, B.W., Mandell, I.B., Fitzsimmons, C.J., and Swanson, K.C. (2012). "The influence of feed intake on hepatic oxygen consumption, citrate synthase activity and protein concentration in pregnant beef cows.", 45th Meeting Midwestern Sectional Scientific Sessions and Business Meeting, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, IA, USA, March 19-21, 2012.

2011

  • Aalhus, J.L., Gariépy, C., Basarab, J.A., Dugan, M.E.R, Fitzsimmons, C.J., Caine, W.R., Uttaro, B., and Juárez, M. (2011). "Optimizing Canadian pork quality through integrated management strategies.", 40th Banff Pork Seminar 2011, Banff Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, January 18-21, 2011.
  • McLean, K.L., Dugan, M.E.R, McAllister, T.A., Basu, U., Li, C., He, M.L., Aalhus, J.L., Guan, L.L., and Fitzsimmons, C.J. (2011). "Identifying gene expression differences associated with a diet-induced increase of omega-3 fatty-acids in beef cattle.", Plant & Animal Genome XIX Conference, Town & Country Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA, January 15-19, 2011, P708.
  • Paradis, F., Wood, K.M., Swanson, K.C., Mandell, I.B., McBride, B.W., and Fitzsimmons, C.J. (2011). "The impact of maternal nutrition during pregnancy on fetal calf growth and phenotypic characteristics.", Livestock Gentec's 2nd Annual Conference: Addressing the Gap Between Discovery and Profitable Adoption, Edmonton, AB, Canada, October 19-20, 2011.
  • Wood, K.M., Fitzsimmons, C.J., Miller, S.P., and McBride, B.W. (2011). "Molecular factors that influence feed efficiency in pregnant cows.", Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Sheep and Beef Research Update, Guelph, ON, Canada, 2011.

2010

  • Dwivedi, R., Girard, I., Bruce, H.L., Aalhus, J.L., Basarab, J.A., and Fitzsimmons, C.J. (2010). "Effect of aggressive growth implants and/or beta-adrenergic agonist supplementation on gene expression and meat tenderness in youthful beef cattle.", Genomics and Livestock Quality Improvement Meeting, Calgary, AB, Canada, May 11-13, 2010. (Abstract)
  • Fitzsimmons, C.J., Dwivedi, R., Girard, I., Aalhus, J.L., Basarab, J.A., and Bruce, H.L. (2010). "Effect of aggressive growth implants and/or β-adrenergic agonist supplementation on CAPN1 and CAST expression and their association with shear-force in youthful beef cattle.", 32nd Conference of the International Society for Animal Genetics, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, July 26-30, 2010.
  • McLean, K.L., Dugan, M.E.R, McAllister, T.A., He, M.L., Guan, L.L., Aalhus, J.L., and Fitzsimmons, C.J. (2010). "Identifying gene expression differences induced by diets that lead to higher omega-3 fatty-acid deposition in beef cows.", Genomics and Livestock Quality Improvement Meeting, Calgary, AB, Canada, May 11-13, 2010.

2009

  • Fitzsimmons, C.J. (2009). "Utilizing maternal nutrition to ensure (or enhance?) genetic potential.", The Alberta Bovine Genomics AGM, Edmonton, AB, Canada, April 28-30, 2009.
  • Fitzsimmons, C.J., Feldmann, R., Kruk, Z.A., Truran, S., Lines, D., Rutley, D.L., and Hiendleder, S. (2009). "Maternal weight and P8 fat amount affects IGF2 expression in semitendinosus muscle tissue of the developing fetus.", ADSA-CSAS-ASAS 2009 Joint Annual Meeting, Montréal Convention Center, Montréal, QC, Canada, July 12-16, 2009.
  • Liu, Y., Fitzsimmons, C.J., Kruk, Z.A., Deland, M., Maddocks, S., Kind, K., and Hiendleder, S. (2009). "Plasticity in imprinting of bovine IGF2R correlates with total expression levels in fetal tissues.", 2009 Endocrine Society od Australia (ESA) and Society of Reproductive Biology (SRB) Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, August 23-26, 2009.
  • Liu, Y., Fitzsimmons, C.J., Kruk, Z.A., Kind, K., and Hiendleder, S. (2009). "Polymorphic Imprinting of IGF2R in Bovine Placenta.", 2009 Meeting of the International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, October 6-9, 2009.
  • Liu, Y., Fitzsimmons, C.J., Truran, S., Kruk, Z.A., Chou, Z., and Hiendleder, S. (2009). "Maternal genetics affects genomic imprinting of the insulin-like growth factor 2 receptor gene.", 30th Lorne Annual Genome Conference, Mantra Erskine Resort, Lorne, Australia, February 15-18, 2009.
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