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Academic staff

Frieda BeauregardBEAUREGARD, Frieda

Academic Associate, Curator McGill University Herbarium and Course Lecturer
Plant ecology and biogeography, plant science and conservation outreach, history of plant collecting, ecological modelling and forecasting.
T: 514-398-7864 | frieda.beauregard [at] mcgill.ca (Email) | Centennial Center Building, CC-023

BEDE, Jacqueline C.

Associate Professor
Plant-insect interactions. Regulation of plant defense responses to caterpillar herbivory. Plant specialized metabolism. Insect detoxification mechanisms. Plant responses to biotic stresses under changing climatic conditions. 
T: 514-398-7860  |  jacqueline.bede [at] mcgill.ca (Email)  |  Raymond Building R2-026C

BEGG, Caroline

Faculty Lecturer; Director of Stage, Farm Management and Technology Program
Soil-plant management in ecological agriculture. Food security in suburban environments. Teaches ecosystem management and management of nutrients in agricultural systems.
T: 514-398-8749 |  caroline.begg [at] mcgill.ca (Email) |  Raymond Building R2-028A

CHARRON, Jean-Benoit

Associate Professor
Chromatin regulatory mechanisms of stress tolerance in cereals, epigenetics, genomics, molecular biology, Brachypodium dystachyon, barley, wheat.
T: 514-398-5634  |  jean-benoit.charron [at] mcgill.ca (Email)  |  Raymond Building, R2-022a


Assistant Professor
Plant molecular genetics and biochemistry, with a focus on isoflavonoid biosynthesis in legumes; plant metabolic engineering and synthetic biology for human health and agriculture.
T: 514-398-7858  |  mehran.dastmalchi [at] mcgill.ca (Email) |  Raymond Building R2-021A


Methodological and applied statistics, environmetrics, phytometrics, biometrics, and spatio-temporal statistics in general. Fractal analysis of natural structures (e.g., from computed tomography scanning data), multi-scale spatial analyses of plant-soil correlations, and periodicity analysis of dendrochronological and seismological series in particular.
T: 514-398-7870  |  pierre.dutilleul [at] mcgill.ca (Email)  |  Raymond Building, R2-025a

Anja Geitmann, Dean Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill UniversityGEITMANN, Anja

Professor and Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Associate Vice-Principal (Macdonald Campus)
Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Biomechanics of Plant Development

Biomechanics, Plant development, Plant morphogenesis, Plant reproduction, Cell biology, Live imaging, Electron microscopy, Mechanical modeling
T: 514-398-7707

GRAVEL, Valerie

Associate Professor
Nutrient availability and plant uptake in organic cropping systems, plant growth regulation in sustainable production systems, microbial interactions within the soil-plant-environment continuum, and biological control of diseases and pests in sustainable fruit, vegetable and ornamental crops.
T: 514-398-8132  | valerie.gravel [at] mcgill.ca (Email) |  Raymond Building, R2-023A


Assistant Professor

Develop pulse crop cultivars for farmers and consumers that contain novel traits enhancing sustainability, productivity, nutrition and sensory experience. High-throughput phenotyping tools for plant breeding program applications and accelerating the rate of genetic gain.
T: 514-398-7856  |  valerio.hoyos-villegas [at] mcgill.ca (Email)  |  Raymond Building, R2-023


Molecular plant pathology; transcriptome, metabolome and gene expression of fungi. Biological control of plant pathogens. Molecular diagnostics of soil-borne pathogens. Fungal biology. Soil microbiology. Biodiversity.
T: 514-398-7561 | suha.jabaji [at] mcgill.ca (Email) |  Raymond Building, R2-027


Plant biotic stress resistance gene discovery through metabolomics, proteomics, RNA sequencing and gene silencing. Development of transgene free crops resistant to biotic stress through genome editing.
T: 514-398-7867  | ajjamada.kushalappa [at] mcgill.ca (Email) |  Raymond Building, R2-028B

SEGUIN, Philippe

Management, physiology, and ecology of forage crops. New crops, new crop uses. Sustainable agricultural practices.
T: 514-398-7855  | philippe.seguin [at] mcgill.ca (Email) |  Raymond Building, R2-027B

SINGH, Jaswinder

Associate Professor
Functional genomics in small grain cereals using transposons and other reverse genetics tools; Exploring novel genes from wild and cultivated plant species including gene modification (editing) suitable for the breeding of next generation of crop plants.
T: 514-398-7906  | jaswinder.singh [at] mcgill.ca (Email) |  Raymond Building, R2-026D

SMITH, Donald L.

Distinguished James McGill Professor
Physiology and production of crops. Nitrogen fixation in legumes, nitrogen metabolism, mycorrhizal symbiosis, ecology and production of crops.
T: 514-398-7866  | Email |  Raymond Building R2-026

STRÖMVIK, Martina V.

Associate Professor and Departmental Chair
Bioinformatics and genomics research on plant promoters, gene expression and functional anatomy.
T: 514-398-8627  |  martina.stromvik [at] mcgill.ca (Email)  |  Raymond Building R2-019

WEES, David

Faculty Lecturer; Associate Director, Farm Management and Technology Program
Horticulture;  greenhouses;  sweet potatoes;  urban agriculture
T: 514-398-7868  | david.wees [at] mcgill.ca (Email) |  Raymond Building R2-20A

Adjunct Professors

A. BERTRAND (email: annick.bertrand [at] agr.gc.ca ) Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Québec). Crop physiology and biochemistry.

K. ALIFERIS (email: konstantino.aliferis [at] aua.gr) Agricultural University of Athens. Pesticide metabolomics.

Support Staff

L. FLOOD (email: lindsay.flood [at] mcgill.ca) - Administrative Officer
Tel.: 514-398-7571, Fax: 514-398-7739 -- On Leave

N. PRIDHAM (email: nicole.pridham [at] mcgill.ca) - Administrative Assistant
Tel: 514-398-7571

E. MINNETT (email: erin.minnett [at] mcgill.ca) - Graduate Program Coordinator
Tel.: 514-398-7560, Fax: 514-398-7897

D. CHAN-HUM (email: diane.chan [at] mcgill.ca) - Coordinator
Tel.: 514-398-7965, Fax: 514-398-7739

S. DERNOVICI (email: serghei.dernovici [at] mcgill.ca) - Technician
Tel.: 514-398-7871, Fax: 514-398-7990

SARAH-ANN PERSECHINO (email: sarah-ann.persechino [at] mail.mcgill.ca) - Technician
Tel: 514-398-7752, Fax 514-398-7990

M. GOSSAGE-BLEHO (email: michael.gossage-bleho [at] mcgill.ca) - Technician, greenhouse

N. ADAMCHUK-CHALA (email: nadiia.adamchuk-chala [at] mcgill.ca) - Lab technician

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Retired Professors



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