Dr. Dilantha Fernando is a professor and plant pathologist who works mainly with canola and wheat pathogens. His group studies resistance mechanims in host-pathogen interactions. Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, he completed his honours bachelor of science degree in botany and thereafter his master’s degreee in microbiology in Sri Lanka. Dr. Fernando earned his PhD from Oregon State University in the United States and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University in Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Ottawa), and as a research associate at Michigan State Univeristy and the University of Arizona. He is a full professor in plant pathology and biotechnology at the University of Manitoba. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers and has been serving as an editorial board member of repute for five international journals. Dr. Fernando has been nationally and internationally recognized and received awards for excellence in research, teaching and service. He has trained more than 75 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists in his 18 years as an academic at the University of Manitoba.