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


  • Ph.D., Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology. Michigan State University (2015)

  • M.S., Crop Physiology, University of Missouri (2011)

  • B.S., Agronomy, Universidad de Caldas, Colombia (2008)

Active Affiliations

  • Adjunct Lecturer, Lincoln University. Lincoln, New Zealand.

  • Technical Editor: Crop Science; The Plant Phenome Journal.

  • Associate Editor: Frontiers in Plant Science - Plant Breeding Section; Journal of Plant Registrations; New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research; The Crop Journal

Shamus McGuire

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

Postdoctoral FELLOWS

Dr. Kritarth Seth

Dr. Seth is affiliated with AgResearch (New Zealand), Lincoln University (New Zealand) and McGill University. He is working on developing high-throughput phenotyping of biological nitrogen fixation.


Jérôme Gélinas Bélanger

Jérôme is a PhD student working on: Soybean flowering GWAS and gene editing.

Jérôme is co-supervised with Dr. Louise O'Donoughue at CEROM.

Henry Cordoba

Henry is a PhD student working on:

  1. Genomewide association of dry beans for quality traits

  2. The impact of deleterious mutations in self pollinated species

Jennifer Lin

Jenny is a MS student working on:

  1. Development of high-throughput screens for the detection of white mold and anthracnose.

  2. Simulation of genomic selection strategies in common bean.

Laura Esquivel

Laura is a MS student working on:

  1. Genomics of white mold disease resistance in common bean

Isabella Chiaravalotti

Isabella is a MS student working on:

  1. Optimization of genomic selection strategies using machine learning methods.

  2. Deep tissue phenomics methods for plant breeding applications.


Andrea Corkal

Andrea is working on characterizing anthracnose races in Quebec and identifying resistance alleles in common bean

Camille Jones

Camille works on genetic architecture of white mold physiological tolerance in common bean

Lab Alumni



Amir Ghoddoucy

Kifah Gharzeddin


Lucy Egan

co-supervised with Dr. Rainer Hofmann at Lincoln University (New Zealand) and McGill University.

Current position: Postdoc at CSIRO in NSW, Australia

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


Yifan Ding

Marianne Beaulieu