Texas Tech University

Luis Rafael Herrera-Estrella, Ph.D.

President’s Distinguished Professor of Plant Genomics and Director for the Center for Functional Genomics of Abiotic Stress

Email: Luis.Herrera-Estrella@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-7247

Innovations Hub at Research Park
Room 138 A
3911 4th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79415

Mail Address:
Department of Plant and Soil Science
MS 42122
Lubbock, TX 79409-2122

Luis Rafael Herrera-Estrella

Personal Information

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.