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Committee Members


Gurcharn Singh Brar

Research Officer in Wheat Pathology & Wheat Genetics & Breeding
University of Saskatchewan

Gurcharn Singh Brar is a Research Officer in Wheat Pathology and Wheat Genetics & Breeding research groups in the Crop Development Centre and Department of Plant Science at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Gurcharn is starting his new role as an Assistant Professor (Plant Pathology and Host-Pathogen Interaction) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver in January 2020. Gurcharn received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Honors in Plant Protection) from Punjab Agricultural University, India in 2012. Then, he moved to the University of Saskatchewan for pursuing his MSc (March 2015) and PhD (March 2019) with Drs. Randy Kutcher and Pierre Hucl. Gurcharn’s graduate training focused on the study of plant pathogens, genetics/genomics of pathogen populations, genetics of host-pathogen interactions, resistance breeding, and plant imaging obtained through the University of Saskatchewan, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), National Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Light Source (CLS), and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT). Currently, Gurcharn is working in the areas of gene cloning and functional pathogenomics with collaborators from across Canada, the UK, and Australia. Gurcharn is very passionate about wheat and wheat rust pathogens and often describe wheat as “king of cereals” and that he is in a ‘long-term relationship’ with wheat and stripe rust.