Tyler Lefley

Masters Student, Seed and Developmental Biology

Phone: 306-966-3717

Tyler is a homegrown product of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He completed a B.Sc. in Agriculture at the U of S with a major in Environmental Science.

With a degree predominantly focused on soil science, Tyler’s significant interest in molecular genetics saw him switch paths after several summers of work experience throughout the grain value chain from research and development to commercial crop inputs. Tyler’s interest in apomixis result in his growing Boechera in his backyard before he met Dr. Tim Sharbel, who subsequently took him on to complete an undergraduate thesis. The following summer Tyler gained international research experience spending time at IPK Gatersleben in Germany focused on studying meiosis in Boechera pollen.

During his time with the Seed and Developmental Biology group Tyler has specialized in molecular cloning through involvement in several projects using CRISPR for gene editing and creating clone libraries of promoter regions to study promoter evolution.

In his time away from the lab Tyler maintains his involvement in the agriculture industry by working at a dairy farm which funds his other passion for staying active with hockey, baseball, golf, and sprint canoe/ kayak.