Ph.D, Biochemistry, University of Calgary
Biochemistry & Biotechnology
Associate Chair (Graduate Studies), Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science; July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009
Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences; July 1, 2009 - December 31, 2015
Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research; October 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015
Vice-Provost (Programs), University of Alberta; July 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016
Major Responsibilities/Research Interests
Our research involves the application of proteomics- and genomics-based discovery techniques to identify, characterize and validate novel genes for crop improvement through biotechnology (genetic engineering). Recently, our group has been interested in the role of non-coding RNAs in mediating plant responses to stress. Ultimately, we hope to utilize the knowledge generated by research to improve crop plants to withstand environmental (abiotic) and pathogen (biotic) stresses through genetic engineering and / or gene editing. We are also very interested in developing longer-term collaboration on projects aimed at improving food and nutritional security throughout the world.
Since arriving at the University of Alberta in 2002, I have taught courses in Introductory Biochemistry (Plant Science 331), Introductory Biochemistry (Biochem 200), Developmental Physiology and Biotechnology of Crop Plants (Plant Science 301), Biotechnology for Crop Improvement / Plant Biotechnology (Plant Science 492 / BOT 382).
Issues related to the importance of plants in our lives, including global food security, interactions between agriculture and the environment, the role of crops in human and animal nutrition, and the potential development of biofuels, biofibers, biopharmaceutical, and bioindustrial crops. Not available to students with *60 in Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. This course does not substitute for PL SC 221 in the program core. Prerequisite: Biology 30 recommended.Winter Term 2021
Biology and ecology of invasive alien species in cropped, disturbed, and natural environments. Methods of control of weedy species, including biological, cultural, mechanical, and chemical and an introduction to the herbicide mechanism of action and environmental impacts. Prerequisite: PL SC 221 recommended.Winter Term 2021