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Dr. Andre-Denis WrightAndré-Denis Wright
agwright@uvm.edu

Dr. Wright is Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science. Before coming to the University of Vermont, he was a Research Group Leader at the Australian Government's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, CSIRO. Dr. Wright has been working on developing strategies to increase the efficiency of nutrient utilization in livestock, and to reduce their enteric methane emissions. His research has made significant contributions in the area of molecular microbiology, resulting in novel options being developed to reduce methane emissions from livestock. Consequently, Dr. Wright's research also suggests that the manipulation of the rumen microorganisms may increase methane production in anaerobic digestors as some methane-producing microorganisms may be more efficient and potent than others.

Ph.D. University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
M.S., University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
B.S., Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENT:
  • Professor & Department Chair, Animal Science, University of Vermont, April, 2013 -
  • Professor (secondary appointment), Department of Medicine, University of Vermont, 2013 -
  • Professor (tertiary appointment), Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of Vermont, 2013 -
  • Director, Vermont Dairy Center of Excellence, University of Vermont, 2010
  • Associate Professor and Department Chair, Animal Science, University of Vermont, 2009 - 2013
  • Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Hepatology), University of Vermont, 2010 - 2013
  • Associate Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Vermont, 2010 - 2013
  • Associated Graduate Faculty, Animal and Poultry Science, University of Guelph, 2007 - 2012
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences, U. of Queensland, 2007 - 2012
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences, Murdoch University, 2004 - 2009
  • Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO (Australia), 2005 - 2009
  • Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO (Australia), 2003 - 2005
  • Research Scientist, CSIRO (Australia), 2001 - 2003
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, CSIRO (Australia), 1998 - 2001
  • Editor, Zootaxa (Protozoa), since 2004 - 2014
  • Editor, Current Microbiology, since 2010 - 2013
  • Editorial Board, European Journal of Protistology, since 2011 -
  • Editorial Board, Microbial Ecology, since 2009 -
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 2002 - 2007
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATIONS:
  • MACG      Member, American College of Gastroenterology, 2011 - Present
  • AGAM      American Gastroenterological Association Member, 2011 - Present
  • MAICD     Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2005 - 2008
  • MAIAST   Member, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, 2005
  • CPAg         Certified Practicing Agriculturalist, 2005 - 2007

AWARDS: (not all listed)

  • John Corliss Ciliate Systematics Award for Best Publication
  • Most Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Guelph

HONOURS:  A new species was named after Dr. Wright, Apokeronopsis wrighti n. sp. in recognition of his contributions to phylogenetics and evolution in ciliates (see J. Eukaryot. Microbiol., 2008. 55:321-330).

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University of Vermont
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