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.
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)
Executive Leadership Board: North American Plant Phenotyping Network
Education Committee: National Association of Plant Breeders
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.
Adjunct Lecturer, Lincoln University. Lincoln, New Zealand.
Jeff is our field technician in charge of breeding and phenomics operations. He is a McGill graduate in Bioresource Engineering.
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
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.
Henry is a PhD student working on:
Genomewide association of dry beans for quality traits
The impact of deleterious mutations in self pollinated species
Isabella is a PhD student working on:
Optimization of genomic selection strategies using machine learning methods.
Empirical analysis of genomic selection approaches.
Marysia Zaleski-Cox (Honors)
KASP Marker Validation
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.
Lucy Egan - 2020 (PhD)
Current position: Postdoc 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
Characterizing anthracnose races in Quebec (USRA)
Genomewide association (Mitacs Fellow)