About me

I work primarily on how plants handle stress. Throughout my research career I have been interested in how a plant puts together a ribosome - a process that is very precisely controlled otherwise the plant will not be able to make proteins or respond to its ever-changing environment. I am also interest in how plants respond to environmental stress - initially I focused on abiotic stress; heat, cold, drought and now I am working on the biotic stress, clubroot disease in canola and Arabidopsis.

Outside of the lab I enjoy sports, reading, theatre and music. I really enjoy watching our Huskie sports teams compete.


  • PhD University of Calgary - Plant Stress Physiology
  • BSc Wolverhampton Polytechnic (UK) - Animal Physiology & Biochemistry

Work Experience


  • Dean, College of Arts & Science
  • Professor, Department of Biology


  • Vice Dean Science, College of Arts & Science
  • Head, Department of Biology
  • Professor
  • Research Associate, Biomira, Edmonton - NRC Saskatoon
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Calgary
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Arizona

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Plant Physiologists (ASPB)
  • Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists (CSPB)

University Courses taught

  • BIOL 120 - The Nature of Life
  • BIOL 226 - Genes to Genomics
  • BIOL 420 - Molecular Biology of Plants
  • BIOL 825 - Current Topics in Plant Molecular Biology