Our Students


Wei-Yuan Chen

PHS is the premature germination of grains while the head is still maturing in the field. My project is based on our previous finding that the role of AGO4 related to the PHS in barley and wheat The goal is to create several lines for PHS resistance breeding.

McGill University

Guilherme Martins

In summary, we are trying to understand the plant-virus interaction. How plants regulate their antiviral defense during virus infection and in different environment conditions.

Université de Sherbrooke

Marianna Macedo

I am studying how specific epigenetic modifications & transcriptional regulation affect cell reprogramming & early development in embryos created by somatic cell nuclear transfer…

Findings from my research may have impactful implications in biotechnology, assisted reproductive technologies, and cell therapy.

McGill University

Prakriti Sharma

My research is on the “Studies on nuclear factor of activated t-cell signalling during deltamethrin induced lung damage”, in which i am focusing on Key genes and expression of them in NFAT signalling pathway.

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University

Rashmi Sharma

I’m working on the estimation of prevalence of Taenia solium taeniasis and cysticercosis in human with special emphasis to genetic variation observed in infecting cyst and a…

survey to determine the awareness of individuals regarding the disease, its transmission and its manifestations.

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University

Rajveer Singh

My doctoral research is focusing to prevent lipid or free fatty acids oxidation in rice bran to improve its oil quality. For this I am targeting phospholipase D alpha1 and lipoxygenase 3 (LOX3) gene in rice through CRISPR/Cas9 as ribonucleoprotein complex.

Punjab Agricultural University


Annis Fatmawati

My research focuses on identifying genes involved in beta-glucan regulation. We developed two strategies – target & non-target approaches, which use transposable elements & RNA-interference approaches respectively.

McGill University

Mohammed Kayum

I’m researching the generation of mutants in Rice targeting OsMATL gene via genome editing through CRISPR/Cas9 RNP complex with the help of particle gene gun.

Punjab Agricultural University

Jonas Lafave

I’m investigating an improved method for identifying the location of activation tags in the genome of our 2000 mutant Populus lines.

Queen’s University

Kristy Myles

My research interests lie at the interface of biotechnology development and regulatory policy decision-making. I examine how opening-up the social dimensions of genomic…

technology development in forestry can create space for new kinds of conversations about, and opportunities to reflect on, the broader social implications of promising biotechnologies.

University of Calgary

Alynne Kris Ribano

Canola is a major oilseed crop contributing to $26.7 billion to the Canadian economy annually. However, the productivity heavily relies on successful pollination of the plant…

Therefore, I study how proteins critical for successful pollination interact with one another during the process in canola.

University if Calgary


Dr. Zhou Zhou

My doctoral research is focusing to prevent lipid or free fatty acids oxidation in rice bran to improve its oil quality. For this I am targeting phospholipase D alpha1 and lipoxygenase 3 (LOX3) gene in rice through CRISPR/Cas9 as ribonucleoprotein complex.

McGilll University


Sumedha Arora

My research interest is on controlling softening and enhancing the shelf life of tomato fruits through CRISPR/Cas9 technique. Enhancing the shelf life of fruits and vegetables would be a greater step…

towards increasing nutritional security, particularly for the under-nourished population. For this purpose, I am editing the Pectate lyase gene which encodes for pectin modifying enzymes in the cell wall.

Punjab Agricultural University

Sheza Farooq

My research is focused on the concept of apoptosis and neutrophil extracellular trap in buffalo neutrophils and different molecular intervention to characterize the buffalo neutrophils…

I propose to evaluate Pasteurella multocida induced apoptosis and neutrophil extracellular trap in buffalo neutrophils with different treatment groups. I would like to learn improved biotechnological techniques in order to obtain stronger track record which might be helpful to me like learning various gene editing techniques and it prospects in Animal Science. 

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University

Ekta Patel

My doctoral research emphasizes on the editing of the Lipoxygenase gene (Lox-2) to reduce the beany flavor in soybean through CRISPR/Cas9 ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complex. I would like to…

learn more about genome editing practically so that I can implement it in my research experiments.

Punjab Agricultural University

Nitasha Sambyal

I am working on the quantitative risk assessment of milk and milk products with microbial and aflatoxin M analysis. I want to find the gene sequencing of…

antibiotic resistant bacteria and how we can prevent antibiotic resistance in future.

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University



Thomas Donoso

The common oat (Avena sativa) is a major nutritional and economical crop for Canadians. Hence, improving the agronomical traits of this cereal has gained interest over time. As traditional breeding…

techniques prove to be slow and laborious, newly developed gene editing techniques have paved the way for a simpler enhancement of crop quality. My research involves the introduction of the CRISPR-Cas9 system in oat for the SEE MORE

McGill University

Sara Far

I’m looking at ways to optimize and circularize the canola oil production stream by exploring ways to improve the quality of canola crops and increasing the efficiency of…

oil and oil byproduct manufacturing. Through GEFSES-CREATE, I hope to develop a deeper understanding of policy and hone my science communication skills in order to bridge the gap between academic research, biotechnology policy, and industry innovation. 

University of Calgary

Jasmine Kaur Randhawa

My research involves understanding the role of the endocannabinoid system in the ovarian granulosa cells for which one of the techniques applied will be CRISPR. As my research work includes…

genome editing experiments, being part of GEFSES- CREATE training program would benefit me to gain a deeper understanding of various genome editing

McGill University

John Steele

I am investigating the role phytohormones play in regulating hazelnut flower development, laying the foundation for future remediation strategies to protect flower viability…

As an early career plant scientist I am primarily focused on fundamental research, however, recognize the importance of working with government and non-scientists to unlock the benefits science has to offer society in a responsible manner.

Queens University

Zoe Lai

I am currently studying a popular mutant from an Activation-tagged population, trying to identify the genetic basis behind its phenotype. I hope to continue to learn about gene-editing technologies and its…

potential applications in this GEFSES-CREATE program, as well as any potential developments in the interdisciplinary aspects of this field. Skills: visual illustration of scientific concepts, Well-versed in using R Statistical Software, and Adobe (Illustrator, Photoshop)

Queens University


Dr. Ejimedo Madogwe

My research is focused on fertility, which is fundamental to sustainable animal production and food security. My previous research was focused on understanding the mechanisms by which…

pituitary gonadotropins regulate ovulation using sequencing technologies (RNA-seq and ChIP-seq). I used global-gene edited mice and sequencing technologies (ChIP-seq and RNA-seq) to investigate the gene expression program governing ovarian functions and female fertility.


Dongyun Jung

I’m a PhD student (candidate) in Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry at McGill University.
I’m interested in understanding the genomics of pathogens and their interaction with…

I’m a PhD student (candidate) in Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry at McGill University.

I’m interested in understanding the genomics of pathogens and their interaction with native microbial communities in food-producing animals. My PhD research project focuses on defining the genomic differences between mammary pathogenic Escherichia coli (MPEC) and bovine commensal E. coli, as well as developing CRISPR-Cas9 based MPEC prophylactic system that targets the unique genes of MPEC. This project also focuses on tracking the differences in the microbiome between healthy and MPEC-infected bovine udders during lactation.

McGill University.

Neeraj Neeraj

I am currently enrolled in PhD program in Department of Animal Science at McGill University. My area of expertise is bovine reproduction involving assay development for estrus detection and transrectal…

ultrasonography in bovines. My current research area involves ketosis and its impact on postpartum dairy cow fertility. My research interests include development of diagnostic assays for estrus and ovulation prediction in bovines, genome editing for sustainable animal production and molecular mechanisms involving fertility in bovines.

McGill University

Karman Kour

I am Dr. Karman Kour. I am currently pursuing my PhD in veterinary microbiology from GADVASU, Ludhiana, India. I am working on Canine Parvovirus and the development of ELISA for its rapid diagnosis.

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University

Shikha Chaudhary

I am a Veterinarian, holding my specialization in Veterinary Microbiology and Animal Biotechnology. I am a Ph.D. candidate at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University…

Ludhiana, Punjab, India. My research interest lies in the field of antimicrobial resistance and disease diagnostics. Currently, I am trying to develop and validate an immunochromatographic strip assay, for the point of care diagnosis of Classical Swine Fever (CSF) at the farmers’ level. My long-term research vision would be to design experiments for targeting signature genes and obtaining recombinant proteins that may be employed to not only diagnose but to differentiate between vaccinated and non-vaccinated animals. Hence, with my research, I intend to provide farmers with a rapid and low-cost diagnostic solution for animal diseases.

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University


Ethan Coates

My name is Ethan Coates, I am in my first year of my master’s studying developmental plant biology at the University of Calgary. I am proficient in multiple plant transformation techniques such as particle…

bombardment and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation and subsequent plant regeneration. My current research focuses on the strigolactone pathway in canola. Strigolactones are a class of phytohormones, which play a role in multiple physiological processes such as the growth symbiotic arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in the soil, branching of roots and the suppression of secondary shoot branching. The goal of my research is to determine the negative regulators of shoot branching in this hormonal pathway and to subsequently knock them out using CRISPR-Cas9 to create a line of canola with more branches and a higher yield.

University of Calgary

Justin Nichol

My current enrolled program is a Master’s of Science in Plant Molecular Developmental Biology, my research area of expertise is histology  and immunohistochemistry, free hand-sectioning, microscopy…

and cell staining. I am currently researching/characterizing cell layers during silique development in the Brassicaceae family. I currently hold the Lab managerial position in the Dr. Marcus Samuel lab.strator, Photoshop)

University of Calgary

Roshanne Sihota

I am a graduate of the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science, now pursuing a Master of Arts in Geography, studying under the supervision of Dr. Gwendolyn Blue. My research interests lie with

biotechnology applications for the environment and public health. I am currently researching the social dimensions of gene drives as solutions for vector-borne disease to inform governance and policy in a Canadian context.

University of Calgary

Harjot Kaur

I am Harjot Kaur, a student at Punjab Agricultural University. I am pursuing my master’s in the field of Plant Breeding and Genetics.
My research focuses on the optimization of doubled…

haploid protocol and the generation of haploid induction ability via site-directed mutation in the genes controlling haploid induction rate in the tropical maize.  I am very well versed with molecular biology techniques as well as tissue culture methods. Along with that, I have been working on CRISPR/Cas9 approach for the past two years, so I know the difficulties faced while applying this technique as well as the alternative approaches that can be followed during our experiment. My research interests lie in the field of molecular as well as plant breeding, particularly in genome editing.

Punjab Agricultural University

Ajit Ghane

I am Ajit Ghane, currently pursuing my Ph.D. in School of Agri. Biotechnology at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab, India. My research focus is on targeted mutagenesis of the lignin encoding gene that…

is COMT through CRISPR/Cas technology for efficient production of bioethanol from sugarcane lignocellulosic biomass.
Also I have experience of molecular, bioinformatics and biochemical techniques like HPLC etc.

Punjab Agricultural University

Lakshay Goyal

I am Lakshay Goyal, currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India. My research focuses on developing a haploid inducer stock in rice by identifying and mutating …

the orthologues of ZmMTL and ZmDMP genes which are already identified in maize. Multiplexed editing for simultaneous mutation of two genes is an important aspect of my research. I have experience of basic molecular techniques along with this I also possess skills for fieldwork. I am also well acquainted with some statistical software such as R studio, using which I have already executed different types of packages along with data analysis of basic experimental designs. Punjab Agricultural University


Dr. Karina Gutierrez

Karina is a Molecular Biologist and Embryologist. She holds a B.Sc in Biology, M.Sc in Animal Science and a Teaching Degree by the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil. She also holds a PhD in Animal Science by

McGill University. She did her training in the Bordignon group, which produced Canada’s first cloned pigs. Her research involved establishing genome editing tools to manipulate the genome of the embryo. She used CRISPR/Cas9 to edit the pig embryo genome, resulting in genome edited live piglets. Her current research focuses on porcine genome editing and the study of gene function during embryo development. She has worked on different projects with mice, cows, buffalos, marmosets and minipigs.

Federal University of Santa Maria


Zhangbin Cai

McGill University

I am currently enrolled in Animal Science at McGill University. 

Bovine mastitis is one of the major economic burdens to the dairy industry. I am interested in finding antibiotic alternatives (probiotics plus CRISPR) to prevent/cure bovine mastitis caused by Staphylococcus aureus.

Luc Oullette

McGill University 

Luc Ouellette is from the heart of Canada, otherwise known as Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 2018, Luc graduated with his honours in Plant Biotechnology from the University of Manitoba where he studied the molecular mechanisms of seed dormancy and germination in barley. In 2020, Luc completed his master’s in plant science at McGill 

interest includes, but is not limited to, high-throughput phenotyping, genomics, single-cell transcriptomics, bioinformatics, and genome editing for abiotic stress tolerance in crop plants.

Mehtab Singh

McGill University

I joined Dr. Jaswinder Singh’s lab for M.Sc. Plant Science degree at McGill University. Later, I upgraded to a PhD programme starting Fall 2022. I am working on exploring SQUAMOSA promoter binding like (SPL) gene family and their role in transcriptional modulation of vernalization (Vrn) genes in oat using CRISPR/Cas9. My long term goal is…

is to develop high yielding oat genotypes suitable for Canadian agroclimatic conditions. I am fond of clicking pictures and playing badminton during my leisure time.

Iqra Arif


Iqra Arif is a second year Ph.D. student at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, India. Her research currently focuses on, various neglected zoonotic diseases in northern west region of India. She will…

carry out a cross-sectional prevalence study among 5 states to identify the burden of selected diseases. Her interest lies in Genomics, Genome editing and transgenics. In her MVSc program she has identified ESBL E. coli in different poultry rearing patterns.



A trained and qualified Veterinarian having DVM and an M.Vet.Sc from a reputed university in India. She also has an MS in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences from University of Saskatchewan, Canada under assisted reproductive technology based…

projects. She has academic and research skills mainly focussing on molecular biology, embryology and animal cloning. Over the years, she has gained an in depth knowledge of scientific research based projects and publications in peer reviewed international journals. She has a future goal to establish as a Veterinary academician.

Jaswinder Kaur


Jaswinder Kaur is a second-year Ph.D. candidate at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, India. Her research currently focuses on, Systems biology through In-vitro differential transcriptome and miRNAome profiling in indigenous versus exotic dog breeds. She will identify the key genes…

contributing to disease resistance. Her interest lies in Genomics, Genome editing, and transgenics. She has taught biology to high school students for Two years. In her MSc dissertation program, she came up with plant-based therapy for diabetes, “Naringenin” a citrus fruit flavanone that was found to lower blood glucose levels. 

Urvashi Sharma

Punjab Agricultural University

Tomato is one of the most consumed vegetables constituting an important part of the human diet. However, ripened tomato contains 50 mg per 100 g of oxalate which is quite high as far as consumption is concerned. Its excessive intake might cause kidney stones and inhibit mineral absorption. Furthermore, the human genome…

is known to lack oxalate-degrading gene(s) and tomato varieties containing low oxalate are commercially not available. In tomato, glycolate oxidase (GLO) and ascorbate peroxidase (APX) are the key oxalate precursor genes that have multiple copies located on different chromosomes.

My doctoral research is a foremost attempt at targeting multiple gene copies of GLO and APX using RNP-mediated multiplexed gRNA-CRISPR/Cas9 strategy to reduce oxalate content up to a permissible limit in table top tomato variety ‘Punjab Swarna’ already rich in carotenoids (14%) (added advantage) so as to enhance nutrient bioavailability and minimize formation of kidney stones.


María Elena Carrillo Herrera

McGill University

My name is María Elena Carrillo Herrera. I am a graduate of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) with a B.Sc. in Biotechnology Engineering and a minor in Molecular Biology, now pursuing…

a Master of Science in Animal Science. My research interests lie in understanding the mechanisms involved in the regulation of early embryo development by porcine genome editing to study the potential role of NELF-A during embryo development.

Findings from my research may have implications on animal and human fertility and agricultural and animal production.

John Robinson

Queen’s University

Current Enrolled Program: Master of Science, Biology

Current Research Area: Genomics

Research Expertise/Interest: My current research explores the rhizosphere of various Corylus species using modern genomic approaches. I am fascinated by the industrial applications of plant and fungal biotechnologies…

Currently, I am interested in how genes regulate environmental interactions in plants and how these interactions can contribute to the improvement of key traits in economically important crop species.

Samuel Nguyen

McGill University

I am a Microbiology & Immunology MSc student working on bovine mastitis. My project aims to identify pathogenic and protective markers of the udder microbiota. With these markers, we can leverage the CRISPR-Cas technology to eliminate udder pathogens to keep the cows healthy and the milk safe for consumption, all without relying on antibiotics.

Fernanda Luiza Facioli

McGill University

I’m a Veterinarian currently enrolled in the MSc. Program in Animal Science at McGill University. I have expertise in many techniques of molecular biology as well as in vitro embryo production with a great interest in animal embryology and reproduction biotechnologies. My research focuses on the application of genome editing technologies to study the role of transcription factors in the regulation of embryo development in pigs.