College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Research Area(s)

  • Genetics
  • Breeding
  • Production and management of lentil, fababean and special crops


Plant Sciences, Crop Development Centre


  • Ph.D (University of Saskatchewan)
  • M.Sc. (University of Guelph)
  • B.Sc. (University of Guelph)

Selected Publications

Khazaei H., Purves R.W., Hughes J., Link W., O’Sullivan D.M., Schulman A.H., Bhornsdotter E., Flores F.G., Nadzieja M., Andersen S.U., Stougaard J., Vandenberg A., Stoddard F.L. (2019) Eliminating vicine and convicine, the main anti-nutritional factors restricting faba bean usage. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 91:549-566

Khazaei H., Subedi M., Nickerson M., Martinez-Villaluenga C., Frias J., Vandenberg A. (2019) Seed protein of lentils: current status progress and use in food applications. Foods, 8(9). doi: 10.3390/foods8090391.

Smits J.E., Krohn R.M., Akhtar E., Hore S.K., Fakir Y., Vandenberg A. (2019) Food as medicine: high selenium lentils offer relief against chronic arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh. Environmental Research, 176: doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2019.108561

Fakir Y., Chowdhury J., Afsana K., Podder R., Vandenberg A., DellaValle D. (2019) Iron-fortified lentils to improve iron (Fe) status among adolescent girls in Bangladesh – study protocol for a double-blind community-based randomized control trial. Trials, 20:251

McMurray L., Preston C., Vandenberg A., Mao D., Oldach K., Meier, K., Paull, J. (2018) Development of high levels of metribuzin tolerance in lentil. Weed Science, 67(1):83-90

Awards and Medals

  • Global Pulse Industry Award for Excellence, Global Pulse Confederation, 2013
  • President's Award, Canadian Special Crops Association, 2010
  • Pulse Promoter Award, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, 2005
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, Bean Improvement Cooperative, 2005