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

  • 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.

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

Laura Esquivel

Laura is a MS student working on:

  1. Canadian Sclerotinia Initiative

  2. 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.


Simon Poirier

Stomatal regulation

Robbie Brooks

Yield trials

Marysia Zaleski-Cox

KASP Marker Validation

Sarah Christinck

Yield trials

Lab Alumni



Amir Ghoddoucy

Kifah Gharzeddin


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


Yifan Ding

AI models for genomic selection in beans

Marianne Beaulieu

NIRs and protein in Chickpeas

Andrea Corkal (USRA)

Characterizing anthracnose races in Quebec

Camille Jones

White mold tolerance screening