• Doctor Es-Science. 1999. Plant Biotech. Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco
  • PhD. 1993. Plant Pathology. Montpellier University, France
  • MSc. 1989. Agronomic Sciences. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
  • BSc. 1988. Plant Biology. Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco


  • PLNT 2510 - Fundamentals of Horticulture
  • PLNT 3570 - Fundamentals of Plant Pathology 
  • PLNT 4570 - Research Methods in Plant Pathology


Research interests

  • Molecular and Biochemical Mechanisms of Plant-Pathogen Interactions
  • Mechanisms of Plant Defense Suppression by Pathogens
  • Mechanisms of Plant Disease Biocontrol Using Plant Extracts and Beneficial Microorganisms
  • Detection and Biology of Soilborne and Foliar Pathogens

Current research projects

  • NSERC-Discovery: Adaptation of soilborne pathogens to economic crops in Canada.
  • S-CAP: Management of potato diseases using integrated cultural and molecular analyses of field and storage pathogens.
  • CAP-Barley Cluster: Barley pathogen variations and implications for managing disease via host resistance
  • Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) & Study in Canada Scholarships (SICS) Program


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Professional Qualification and Affiliations

  • Canadian Plant Health Council - Board of Directors, Member (Oct. 2018 – Present)
  • CPS Manitoba Regional Section, Chair (2001-Present)
  • Former Dept. Head, Plant Science, University of Manitoba


  • 2021 - Canadian Phytopathological Society’s Outstanding Research Award
  • 2015 - University of Manitoba Merit Award -Research & Service
  • 2010 - University of Manitoba Merit Award -Research & Service
  • 2008 - University of Manitoba Merit Award -Research & Service
  • 1999 - Doctorat-d’État Es-Science with the Highest Distinction “with Congratulations of the Examining Committee”
  • 1993 - PhD with the Highest Distinction, Montpellier University
  • 1988 - Overall Top 1 student (over 4 years), BSc Plant Biology, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco.