Damar Lizbeth Lopez-Arredondo joins Department of Plant and Soil Science
By: Norman Martin
Damar Lizbeth López-Arredondo, an internationally-recognized molecular plant biologist, has been named an assistant professor with Texas Tech's Department of Plant and Soil Science, according to officials within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
At Texas Tech she will be working in the university's new Institute of Genomics for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance (IGCAST), which examines how plants adapt to thrive in the presence of environmental stressors such as extreme heat and cold, drought and the presence of brackish water sources. The new research team is expected to develop new crop varieties that will use water more efficiently, be more resistant to temperature and environmental extremes and yield higher-quality fibers for use in cotton and other markets.
Prior to taking her present position at Tech, López-Arredondo served as director of research and development at StelaGenomics Inc. in Irapuato, Mexico. Recent honors include the Cargill-CIMMYT Food Security and Sustainability Award (2015); Notable Women in México Award from Sanofi Pharmaceutical (2013); Arturo Rosenblueth Award from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of Instituto Politécnico Nacional (2013); and the AgroBio México Award from AgroBIO México (2013).
She received her bachelor's degree in biochemistry engineering at Autonomous University of Sinaloa in Sinaloa, Mexico. Her doctorate in biotechnology and genetic engineering of plants is from the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity (Langebio) at the National Polytechnic Institute-Irapuato.
In coming to Texas Tech López-Arredondo will be joining professor Luis Rafael Herrera-Estrella, the university's new President's Distinguished Professor of Plant Genomics in the Department of Plant and Soil Science. Herrera-Estrella is known worldwide for his work in cotton genomics, having earned the distinction in 2015 as one of the 100 most influential people in biotechnology by Scientific American magazine.
Herrera-Estrella and his scientific research team join Texas Tech, in part, as the result of a $5 million grant from the State of Texas Governor's University Research Initiative (GURI), which was matched by the university and is designed to bring the best and brightest researchers to Texas. GURI was created in 2015 by Gov. Greg Abbott's Office of Economic Development & Tourism and the state Legislature to encourage universities to bring the world's top researchers in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine to Texas.
CONTACT: Eric Hequet, Department Chair, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2838 or email@example.com
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