Faculty and staff

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Academic staff

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; Acting Associate Dean (Graduate Education)
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; legumes; (iso)flavonoid biosynthesis and regulation; plant metabolic engineering for human health and agriculture; synthetic biology.
T: n/a |  mehran.dastmalchi [at] mcgill.ca (Email) |  Macdonald Campus - Raymond Building

de BLOIS, Sylvie

Associate Professor (jointly-appointed to the Bieler School of Environment)
Landscape ecology and management. Plant ecology. Conservation within and outside reserves. Biodiversity and agriculture.
T: 514-398-7581 |  sylvie.deblois [at] mcgill.ca (Email) |  Macdonald Campus - Raymond Building R2-021B  |  Downtown Campus - McGill School of Environment, 3534 University St


Applied statistics, biometrics, environmetrics, phytometrics, and spatio-temporal statistics in general. Fractal analysis of natural structures 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


Professor and Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Biomechanics of Plant Development

Cellular plant development, Cell morphogenesis, Cytoskeleton-mediated intracellular transport , Cell biology, Live imaging, Electron microscopy
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, industry consumers that contain novel traits enhancing sustainability, productivity, nutrition and sensory experience. Leveraging technology to drive genetic gain forward.
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.
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 cisgenic 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, R2-021A

SMITH, Donald L.

James McGill Professor
Crop physiology, crop ecology, crop production and crop quality. Legume nitrogen fixation. Plant nitrogen metabolism.
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.

DR. ANTOINE PAGÉ (email: antoine.page@nrc‐cnrc.gc.ca), Research Officer, National Research Council Canada, Aquatic and Crop Resource Development (ACRD)

Support Staff

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

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

I. RITCHIE (email: ian.ritchie [at] mcgill.ca) - Technician, greenhouse

Emeritus Professors


Retired Professors



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