I completed my PhD with Dr. Susan Murch at the University of British Columbia in 2011 working on a collaborative project with the National Tropical Botanical Garden. My research was focussed on investigating the agricultural biodiversity in breadfruit, an underutilized tropical staple food crop, to identify and distribute more nutritious and productive cultivars throughout the tropics using micropropagation techniques (www.globalbreadfruit.com). I have since joined GRIPP as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow to develop somatic hybridization techniques for the integration of Dutch elm disease (DED) resistance from asiatic elms into American elm germplasm. If successful, this project could lead to the development of the first truly DED resistant American elms and help with the re-integration of this species. Hopefully, the techniques developed with elm will serve as a model for the improvement and conservation of other trees. Outside of the lab, I like to spend time outdoors with my family and cultivate exotic fruit and vegetables in the garden.