Valerio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Science. He holds a research, teaching and service appointment in plant breeding and genetics at McGill University.


Active Affiliations

Jeff Smith

Jeff is our field technician in charge of breeding and phenomics operations. He is a McGill graduate in Bioresource Engineering.

Postdoctoral FELLOWS

Dr. Robert McGee

Dr. McGee is researching:

1) Implementation of genomic selection strategies in pulse crop species.

2) Interspecific hybridization of Phaseolus spp. for enhanced white mold tolerance.

3) Genomic analysis of Sclerotinia variation and coexpression analysis in Phaseolus. Canadian Sclerotinia Initiative


Henry Cordoba

Henry is a PhD student working on:

Laura Esquivel

Laura is a MS student working on:

Jérôme Gélinas Bélanger 

Jérôme is a PhD student working on: 

Soybean flowering GWAS and gene editing. 

Jérôme is co-supervised with Dr. Tanya Copley at CEROM.

Isabella Chiaravalotti

Isabella is a PhD student working on:

Monica Vargas Cedeño

Monica is an MSc student working on: 

Affordable Phenomics using using drone imagery

Bendable electronics for plant monitoring

Marysia Zaleski-Cox

Marysia is a MS student working on:

Mason Jackson

Mason is a MS student working on:

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT interns and research assistants

Nathalie Rusu Sirbu (RA)

Sabrina Albert (RA)

Zarna Shah (RA)

Ryan Smith (RA)

Owen Pauptit (Mitacs intern)

Fernando Gbur dos Santos (Mitacs Intern)

Juliette Larrodé (Intern)

Eloise Luzu (Intern)

Catherine Grammond (RA)


Lab Alumni


Amir Ghoddoucy

Shamus McGuire


Dr. Kritarth Seth (2022)

Current position: Scientist at AgResearch

Dr. Kifah Gharzeddin (2020)

Current position: Visiting professor at Carleton University


Jennifer Lin - 2022 (MS)

Current position: Medical illustrator

Thesis title: The simulation of plant breeding scenarios in the common bean Phaseolus vulgaris L.

Awards and recognitions: Canadian Plant Breeding Innovation Student Awardee  - 2021

Lucy Egan - 2020 (PhD)

Current position: Research Scientist at CSIRO in NSW, Australia

Co-supervised with Dr. Rainer Hofmann at Lincoln University (New Zealand).

Dissertation title: Germplasm exploration and phenotyping in Trifolium species for the improvement of agronomic traits and abiotic stress tolerance

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT interns and research assistants

Yifan Ding

Marianne Beaulieu

Andrea Corkal 

Characterizing anthracnose races in Quebec (USRA)

Camille Jones

Sarah Christinck

Robbie Brooks

Simon Poirier

Marta Dolińska (Mitacs Intern)

Genomewide association 

Jingyang Zhang (Mitacs Intern)

Neural networks in GS

Zijing Yu 

Xinyi Liu

Pietro Cavassin (Mitacs Intern)

Parallelization of plant breeding simulations

Lucas Bertrand

Denysse Monterroso (Mitacs Intern)

Hoi Ching Or (Mitacs Intern)

Parallelization of plant breeding simulations

Victor Meng (RA)


Brigitte Guiraud

Cacao Breeder for Centre National de Recherche Agronomique, programme cacao, Côte d’Ivoire