My Lab

Present Lab Members

Paula Parks, Senior Research Technician - Canola Pathology, Breeding for Disease Resistance. 
Kaveh Ghanbarnia, Ph D Student - 
Molecular Genetics of Blackleg of Canola 
Presently Post Doctoral Research Associate in same lab. 
Dr. Khaled Al_Taweel - Post Doctoral Fellow 
Fusarium Genomics and Transformations
Dr. Hameeda Bee - Post Doctoral Fellow
Biological Control of Plant Pathogens, understanding mechanims at the molecular level
Mr. Xinjun Chen - Visiting Scientist 
Breeding for disease resistance - in canola to Blackleg and Sclerotinia (screening techniques) and crosses
Ms. Chami Amarasinghe - MSc student 
Fusarium - chemotypes and undertanding the nature of infection and protection of wheat to the pathogen using Real Time PCR
Ms. Vidarshani Nawalage - MSc Student
Biological Control, PGPR Mechanisms in the Rhizosphere and Phyllosphere. 
Ms. Li Ru - PhD student understanding how cropping systems effect the beneficial microorganisms using TRFLP and other techniques

 Lab Groups

Dr. Fernando's lab group - (from left) Yu Chen, Dilantha Fernando, Jinxiu Zhang, Rajesh Ramarathnam, Quinn Holtslag, Sarah Savchuk, Guo Xiaowei, Dr. Sangeetha Panicker (visiting scientist), Kristy De Corby, Dannielle Duprat, Paula Parks and Dr. A.S. Krishnamoorthy (visiting scientist). 
With Dr. Jiansheng Wu (visiting scientist in my lab). 



Rob Duncan (left) and Clinton Jurke (right) with supervisor, Dilantha Fernando, after winning the First and Second Prizes, respectively, at the CPS-Manitoba Annual Meeting 2002.


Yilan Zhang (center) with supervisor, Dilantha Fernando (left) and co-advisor, Fouad Daayf, after winning the First Prize at the CPS-Manitoba Annual Meeting 2003.



Dr. Fernando's Lab Group, Sept. 2003.



Dr. Fernando's Lab Group, Sept. 2002.

Previous Lab Members

Dr. S. Nakkeeran, Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Plant pathology, biological control with PGPR and investigating their mechanisms.
Presently Associate Professor, Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Comibatore, India
Dr. Ziqin Li - Visiting Scientist 
Genetic diversity and pathogenicity of Sclerotinia
Presently Professor and Scientist at Inner Mongolia Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Huhhot, Inner Mongloia, China. 
Dr. Krishnamoorthy, Visiting Scientist - Plant pathology and biological control.  Presently Professor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India.
Dr. Chunquan Chen, Post Doctoral Research Associate - Plant pathology, stone fruit diseases, biological control and induced systemic resistance.
Presently Research Manager for BIOS Agriculture, 21111 Lakeshore Blvd., Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, H9X 3V9.
Dr. Hafiz Ahmed, Research Associate - Fusarium epidemiology. Presently Plant Pathologist, Alberta Research Council, Vergerville, Alberta.
Dr. Jihong Tang, Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Black-knot disease on stone fruits. 
Presently Research Associate University of California, Riverside, CA, USA.
Yilan Zhang, Masters Student - Induced resistance and biological control mechanisims. 
Presently, Manager, Venture Mentoring Program, Stu Clark Centre for Entreprenuship, Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.
Rob Duncan, Masters Student - Epidemiology and biological control of sclerotinia diseases in sunflowers.
Presently PhD student, University of California, Davis, USA. Most Recent - Scientist, Monsanto USA
Rajesh Ramarathnam, Ph.D student - Biological control of Blackleg pathogen and identification of antibiotics and other compounds of biocontrol agents.
Presently Post Doctoral Scientist Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, London, Ontario, Canada
Sarah Savchuk, Masters Student - Evaluation of biological control of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. 
Presently Research Associate, Cangene Inc. Innovation Blvd. Winnipeg, MB.
Clinton Jurke, Masters Student - Evaluation of physiological and architectural effects on sclerotinia stem rot resistance in canola.    Presently Agronomy Manager and Plant Pathologist, Monsanto, Canada. Based in Leduc Alberta. 
Quinn Holtslag, Ph.D. Student - Disease modeling for Entomosporium mespili of Saskatoons. 
Presently CEO of Lucky Dog Food Company in British Columbia
Jinxiu Zhang, Ph.D Student - Epidemiology and genetic variation of Mycosphaerella pinodes of field peas. 
Presently Scientist -Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, ECORC, Ottawa, Ontario
Guo Xiaowei, Masters Student - Effect of cropping practices on Blackleg of Canola. 
PhD student on FHB epidemiology, in same lab.
Presently Plant Pathologist - Monsanto Canada, Winnipeg
Yu Chen, Ph. D Student - Molecular characterization of the Blackleg pathogen of Canola. 
Presently Plant Pathologist with Cargill, Inc. Saskatchewan
Jeremy Klassen - Masters Student - Epidemiology and Genetic Variation of Fusarium-wilt pathogen of Canola

Presently Bayer Crop Science

Dr. Saman Abeysinghe - Visiting Scientist
Biological Control of Sclerotinia by PA23 and its mutants
Presently Head, Dept of Botany, University of Ruhuna, Martara, Sri Lanka
Dr. Lily Huang - Visiting Scientist
PGPR research
Presently Professor, North West Agriculture and Forestry University, Yangling, Shanxii Province, China
Ms. Min Zhang - Visiting Scientist
Chemotypes of FHB pathogen and their aggessiveness
Presently - Scientist in 
Dr. Rahian Habibian- Research Associate - 
Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms of Biological Control of Plant Pathogens
Presently - Scientist in Seattle Based Biotech company, WA, USA
Kate Bergen - Masters Student - 
Bacteria mediated biological control of insect pests of canola.
Presently  Climate Action Facilitator with the Youth Climate. Leadership Alliance, a Ministry of Environment (MoE) initiative, Penticton, BC.
Sarangi Athukorala - Masters Student - 
Biological Control of Sclerotinia in Sunflower and Canola, volatile inhibition studies.
Presently PhD student at University of Manitoba
Dr. Minghe Mo - Post Doctoral Research Associate 
Genetic studies on Sclerotinia in canola
Presently Professor, Yunnan University, Kunming, Yunnan, China
Professor Jiangsheng Wu - Visiting Scientist
Screening methods for breeding for disease reistance
Presently Professor and breeder at Huazhong Agriculture University, Wuhan, Hubei, China
Dr. Sangeetha Muralidharan - Visiting Scientist
Presently Associate Professor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India.

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