I'm anticipating graduating Autumn 2023
My project aims to identify genetic markers for the self-compatibility and herbicide tolerance in rubber dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz). To achieve this objective, I'll utilize breeding strategies to enhance those traits and hopefully incorporate them together in novel germplasm along with molecular techniques to analyze genetic components related with the traits of interest.
I choose OSU for grad school because I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the HCS Department working as a visiting scholar here for two years. This experience triggered my curiosity and interest to pursue a degree in Horticulture, specifically in a project related to plant breeding. I grew deeply interested in the research conducted by Dr. Fresnedo-Ramirez in “The Program of Excellence in Natural Rubber” that uses genetics and breeding approaches to introduce a novel crop into agriculture.