Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
PhD (Alberta), M.Sc.(Regina), B.Sc. (Regina)
6-118J, City Centre Campus10700 – 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB780-497-4744
Dr. McFadyen completed his PhD in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. His doctoral research involved the application of molecular and cytogenetic methods to probe the organization and evolution of a multigene family in rodents. He completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of Alberta where he contributed to the physical mapping efforts of human chromosome 14.
Dr. McFadyen has been a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences since 1998, serving as chair from 2008 to 2015. He teaches introductory, eukaryotic and human genetics. Dr. McFadyen’s research focuses on the development and application of molecular tools for probing evolutionary relationships.
Available to supervise senior students' independent study.
Teaching and Research Interests
The ability to correctly identify species, quantify genetic diversity and understand interspecific relationships are essential components of a sustainable conservation effort. Dr. McFadyen's research focuses on the application of molecular methods to understand evolutionary relationships and population structure of species experiencing natural or anthropogenic pressures.
Currently, two projects with this thematic approach are being conducted. The first project involves the creation of a comprehensive DNA barcode library of orchids within the genra Dracula and Masdevallia, initially, to investigate their evolutionary relationships through the application of the chloroplast molecular markers. The second project sets out to examine the temporal and spatial population genetic structure, using microsatellite analysis, of various fish species in Lac La Biche.
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