I am originally from Brazil, South America. I grew up in a small farm. Since I was a kid I have always been curious about how plants grow and behave. I believe that my first contact with plants was when my dad and I planted a small corn field. I was able to see those plants growing and that was so fascinating to me by that time. Then, later on when I was 17 years old I went to an agriculture university in my own state, 250 miles away from my hometown. During my undergrad studies I realized that something bigger and much more complex was behind plants development that I had seem in the corn field many years before my starting at the university. So, I jumped in, and I loved. Starting with sorghum production, maize and sugarcane. In my master I worked with maize breeding (diallel analysis). Later on, I moved to Iowa State University to work with doubled haploids, GWAS and fine mapping., and here I am up to this moment, learning and improving my knowledge in plant breeding, and also developing myself as a human being. I understand how big is my responsability as a future plant breeder in our society. With love, passion, hard-work, team-spirit, responsability and sustainability we will be able to guarantee food security for our generation and leave a legacy for the next. Let`s keep working.
B.S in Agronomy, State University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, 2013
M.S in Agronomy, Plant Breeding, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil, 2014
Ph.D in Agronomy, Plant Breeding, Iowa State University, 2020