Estefania Tavares Flores – Student Spotlight – UF/IFAS CALS Plant Breeding Ph.D. Program

Estefania Tavares
Plant breeding Ph.D. student, Gainesville.

Tell us a little about yourself. 

I’m an international student from Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. I did my master’s degree in genetics at West Virginia University. I’ve always been passionate about genome editing techniques used to accelerate the process of breeding more resilient crops. 

What do you study? 

I study the genetic mechanisms behind anthocyanin biosynthesis in blueberry plants.

Why did you select UF/IFAS CALS to pursue your Ph.D. in plant breeding?

I joined the plant breeding Ph.D. program at UF/IFAS to work with the blueberry breeding and genomics lab for applying both genome editing and genomic selection techniques for breeding blueberries. 

What are your goals for the future? 

After graduation, I aim to join the industry in sectors such as biotechnology or plant breeding to apply quantitative genetics and genome editing techniques to develop resilient crops. 


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Posted: December 2, 2022

Category: Horticulture, UF/IFAS Teaching
Tags: Horticultural Sciences, Plant Breeding, Student

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