I obtained my PhD from the University of Guelph in 2011, where I studied molecular pathways involved in resistance against Xanthomonas campestris pv. pruni, the causal agent of the bacterial spot disease in stone fruits. I joined GRIPP in November 2012, and have been working on applying the genotyping by sequencing (GBS) methodology to discover the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with resistance against Dutch elm disease (DED) in American elm population. These SNPs may serve as molecular markers to select for resistant elm genotypes in the future. Although molecular plant-microbe interactions is my major field of interest, hormone signaling pathways and their roles in development and morphology of woody plant species is also a part of my research interests.