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Andres Salcedo

Andres Salcedo is a postdoctoral research scholar at Dr. Lina Quesada’s Lab. His career has been influenced by his passion for understanding the genetics behind the interaction between plants and both biotic and abiotic stresses contributing to the well-being of society. Andres joined Dr. Lina Quesada’s lab with great interest in emerging plant diseases and plant-pathogen interactions. Currently, he is investigating the genetics of the interaction between cucurbit crops and new pathotypes of the Oomycete Pseudoperonospora cubensis, the causal agent of Cucurbit Downy Mildew (CDM). CDM is considered as high-risk plant disease, with extraordinary potential to devastate the cucurbit industry.

Andres earned a BSc in biology with a minor in genetics at the Universidad del Valle (Colombia), and worked as researcher at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), focusing on the interaction between the soil nitrifying-bacteria and tropical pastures as well as the cloning and characterization of genes for resistance against abiotic stresses in orphan crops. Andres obtained his MSc degree at the University of Puerto Rico under Dr. Dimuth Siritunga, investigating the molecular genetics of the resistance against Physiological Post-harvest Deterioration (PPD) on cassava roots. PPD is one of the major constraints in cassava production with impact on food security for millions of people in developing countries. Andres conducted his doctoral studies in genetics under Dr. Eduard Akhunov at Kansas State University, studying the wheat-Pucccinia graminis pathosystem, the causal agent of wheat stem rust. He played a critical role in the cloning and characterization of the first wheat-derived resistance gene (Sr35) against the hypervirulent Ug99-race group of Pucccinia graminis and its complementary avirulent gene (AvrSr35). Andres enjoys mentoring students and learns from them, stimulating their critical thinking and creativity. During his free time, he likes to travel to discover new places and experiences, read about history and philosophy, cook and to dance Latin music.  

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