WCPP 2019 invited speaker Shelley Lumba is an Early Career Researcher who joined the Department of Cell and Systems Biology at the University of Toronto as Assistant Professor in September 2016. The aim of the Lumba lab is to elucidate the signalling networks underpinning germination of the parasitic witchweed, Striga. Her group is integrating bioinformatics, high-throughput proteomics and functional approaches to discover functions of genes involved in Striga germination and construct StrigaNet, the first Striga protein interaction network. Shelley received her B.Sc. Honours and Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto, where she also conducted post-doctoral studies. Overall, Shelley’s collective research has been cited over 2000 times. Due to the potential of her research to become world leading, she was awarded an NSERC Accelerator Supplement, which aims to support researchers with superior, highly innovative and original research programs. Shelley has served on the International Plant Growth Substances Association (IPGSA) Conference Organizing Committee, the International Plant Molecular Biology (IPMB) Scientific Board and is currently on the International Strigolactone Meeting Organization Committee.
University of Toronto