Research Highlight: Eric Hequet
Dr. Hequet is Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor at the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech University (TTU), and Associate Vice President for Research in the Office of Research and Innovation. He holds a Ph.D. and a “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” from the University of Haute Alsace in France (must have this diploma to be full professor in Europe). Before joining TTU, his experience progressed from cotton breeding at experiment stations in Africa, to head of CIRAD's Cotton Technology Laboratory in Montpellier - France, to Director of the international cotton program for CIRAD.
He generated 112 refereed journal publications, 2 books, 9 book chapters, more than 260 conference papers, 3 patents, 3 provisional patent, and 1 invention disclosure.
Importance of Graduate Students
Graduate students are critically important to his research program. Regular lab meetings allow graduate students to interact and collaborate. New ideas, concepts, research topics regularly emerge from such meetings resulting in grant proposals and publications. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to publish the results of their research in peer reviewed journals. "Graduate students, I like to see them develop into mature, independent thinkers" says Hequet.
Dr. Hequet's research program has been organized around four main areas of interest:
- Metrology and development of new measurement methods to assess fiber, yarn, and fabric quality.
- Modeling the relationships between fiber and yarn properties.
- Guide and advise cotton breeders, biotechnologists, and agronomists to optimize fiber quality.
- Develop a better understanding of the impact of the genotype and the environment on gene expression (phenotype) for fiber quality.
In short, the goal of Dr. Hequet is to contribute to the evolution of the cotton industry in order to better compete with man-made fibers now and in the future.
Eric Hequet, Horn Distinguished Professor - Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute
Plant and Soil Science Department Associate Vice President for Research Office of Research and Innovation
Eric Hequet, Horn Distinguished Professor - Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute Plant and Soil Science Department Associate Vice President for Research Office of Research and Innovation