I am from a small city in southern Brazil, called Flores da Cunha, which has a notable grape and wine production. I hold B.S. degree in Agronomy from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. My interest in plant breeding started after taking a genetics course. Since then, I seeked theoretical and pratical knowledge in this area. I had the opportunity to work with oat, soybean and corn breeding. I am currently a PhD candidate at Iowa State University and I am planning to graduate on the summer of 2019. My research is focused on the understanding and improvement of maize haploid inducers. My doctorate projects include a GWAS for haploid induction ability, assessing the efficiency of a genomic selection index for haploid inducer improvement, development of an inbred inducer with HIR > 20%, investigating the interaction of inducer and donor backgrounds on haploid induction rate, an economical and practical comparison between inbred and hybrid inducers, and defining optimal breeding strategies for maternal inducers.