Luis Rafael Herrera-Estrella, Ph.D.
Innovations Hub at Research Park
Room 138 A
3911 4th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79415
Department of Plant and Soil Science
Lubbock, TX 79409-2122
Dr. Luis Rafael Herrera-Estrella is one of the foremost plant molecular biologists in the world and is Texas Tech University's first National Academy of Sciences (NAS) member. Dr. Herrera-Estrella is a pioneer in the development of plant genetic engineering and together with his colleagues recently published the avocado genome, providing valuable information about the evolutionary branching of some of the earliest flowering plants. His arrival at Texas Tech was made possible by a $5 million grant from the State of Texas Governor's University Research Initiative (GURI) and matched by the university to bring the best and brightest researchers to Texas.
Herrera-Estrella is the President's Distinguished Professor of Plant Genomics and serves as the director of the Center for Functional Genomic of Abiotic Stress, which examines plant adaptation to environmental stresses. He is an author of more than 200 papers.