Valerio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Science. He holds a research and teaching appointment in plant breeding and genetics at McGill University.


  • Ph.D., Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology. Michigan State University (2015)

  • M.S., Crop Physiology, University of Missouri (2011)

  • B.S., Agronomy, Universidad de Caldas. Manizales, Colombia (2008)

Active Affiliations

  • Adjunct Lecturer, Lincoln University. Lincoln, New Zealand

  • Associate Editor, Crop Science.

  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Plant Science - Plant Breeding Section.

  • Associate Editor, New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research.

Shamus McGuire

Shamus is our field technician in charge of running our breeding and phenomics operations. He is a McGill graduate in Bioresource Engineering.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Kritarth Seth

Dr. Seth is affiliated with AgResearch (New Zealand), Lincoln University (New Zealand) and McGill University. He is working on developing high-throughput phenotyping of biological nitrogen fixation using Raman spectroscopy and BNF metabolite detection.


Jérôme Gélinas Bélanger

Jérôme is a PhD student working on soybean flowering GWAS and gene editing. Jerome is co-supervised with Dr. Louise O'Donoughue at CEROM.

Jennifer Lin

Jenny is a MS student working on:

  1. Development of high-throughput screens for the detection of white mold and anthracnose

  2. Simulation of genomic selection strategies in common bean

Henry Cordoba

Henry is a MS student working on:

  1. Genomewide association of dry beans for quality traits

  2. The impact of deleterious mutations in self pollinated species


Marianne Beaulieu

Marianne is working on developing NIR calibration models for oil and protein in chickpea and pea

Andrea Corkal

Andrea is working on characterizing anthracnose races in Quebec and identifying resistance alleles in common bean

Lab Alumni



Amir Ghoddoucy

Kifah Gharzeddin


Lucy Egan

Lucy was co-supervised with Dr. Rainer Hofmann at Lincoln University (New Zealand) and McGill University. Current position: Postdoc at CSIRO in NSW, Australia

Lucy's work focused on germplasm exploration and agronomic trait dissection of genetic architecture in the Trifolium species.


Yifan Ding