Dr. Syama Chatterton is a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)’s Lethbridge Research and Development Centre and an adjunct professor at the University of Lethbridge. Syama obtained a PhD in plant pathology at Simon Fraser University (2010), an MSc in environmental biology at the University of Guelph (2002), and a BSc in biological sciences at Simon Fraser University (1999). Her research in special crops pathology at AAFC focuses on management of root and foliar diseases of pulse crops, and molecular diagnostics and identification of soilborne pathogens. She currently leads research on several diseases that are impacting sustainable pulse (peas, lentils, dry bean and fababean) production in Alberta, and has received funding from the Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund, the Alberta and Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Commission, the Alfalfa Seed Commission (Alberta) and AAFC for her research. She was the chair of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta in 2015, is the current chair of the Disease Evaluation Team of the Prairie Recommending Committee for Pulse and Special Crops and the secretary for the Western Committee on Plant Diseases. She also serves as a section editor for the Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, and is an active member of the Canadian Phytopathological Society.