postdoctoral fellow
(February 2018 – Present)

My primary research is in the area of secondary metabolite accumulation in hops flowers (Humulus lupus). Glandular trichomes found in hops female cones are used in the brewing industry to provide bitterness, aroma, foam and biological stability to the final product. We are interested in testing different water deficit conditions of hops grown in the UBC greenhouse and investigating how this abiotic stress condition affects volatile compound accumulation. We are mainly focusing on aromatic terpenes and bitter acids. To determine and quantify these compounds, gas chromatography in tandem with mass-spectrometry will be used.