DR. ZAMIR PUNJA

DR. ZAMIR PUNJA

After completing a BSc degree in Plant Sciences at the University of BC, and MSc and PhD degrees in plant pathology from the University of California, Davis, Zamir joined the Campbell Soup Company and worked jointly with North Carolina State University, Raleigh on carrot diseases. He was Manager of plant biotechnology for Campbell’s until the time he joined Simon Fraser University in 1989. His research interests include the etiology and management of plant diseases on vegetable, horticultural crops, and cannabis, and include the applications of plant biotechnology for disease management. He has worked with a number of industries, including greenhouse vegetables, ginseng, blueberry and wasabi, and more recently cannabis. His lab is currently developing methods for identifying and managing new and emerging diseases of cannabis in collaboration with Ascent Industries. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Phytopathological Society and has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the Sterling Prize for Controversy for his work on GMO foods. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology.