Ms. Sherry Sun is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Botany at The University of British Columbia, Canada, under the guidance of her joint co-supervisors Drs. Guus Bakkeren (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) and Yuelin Zhang (University of British Columbia). Sherry is a part of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada-CREATE funded international training program, Plant Responses to Eliminate Critical Threats, which joins forces with research groups from the Georg-August-University Göttingen in Germany. Her current work focuses on exploring the genetic factors which contribute to wheat systemic acquired resistance in response to the fungal disease, wheat leaf rust. Sherry has presented her research in several regional and national conferences, and won awards for placing first on two occasions. Previously, Sherry conducted research on the corn smut disease pathogen, Ustilago maydis, the results for which have precipitated in a co-authorship on an article published this June in Science.