My interest in yeast molecular and cellular biology started during my undergraduate years at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. I graduated with a B.Sc (Microbiology) and enrolled in graduate studies with the focus on understanding the regulation of nitrogen metabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the commonly used brewer's and wine yeast. These studies allowed to me complete parts of my Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee (Memphis), Brock University (CCOVI), and the University of British Columbia (WRC). As a Research Associate at the University of British Columbia I developed an interest in the adaptation of yeast to fermentation-related stresses. I joined the University of Guelph in 2002. My research focuses on understanding the molecular responses of yeast to environmental conditions. We use standard microbiology, molecular biology, cellular biology, and genetic techniques as well as advance tools such as genomics, proteomics and metabolomics to unravel the yeast's adaptation to environmental changes. Research performed in my laboratory is funded by the Canadian Foundation of Innovation (CFI), Ministry of Education, Development and Training (MEDT), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Genome Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).