Maria Salas Fernandez -- Brief Bio

Maria Salas Fernandez
"Breeding, Genomics and High-throughput Phenotyping Strategies to Design a High-Yielding Biomass Sorghum for Biofuel Production" 
Dr. Maria Salas Fernandez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Agronomy at Iowa State University and her team are implementing an integrated approach to understanding genetic mechanisms that includes the manipulation of plant architecture traits, leaf photosynthetic capacity and abiotic stress tolerance to design a plant ideotype efficient in the production of vegetative tissue. 


Her bachelor's degree was in agriculture production engineering at the Argentine Catholic University. She received her master's degree in plant physiology at Texas A&M and her PhD in plant breeding and genetics at Cornell University. She has been a recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Program.


Dr. Salas Fernandez is also a member of the Raymond F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding at Iowa State, serving in the sorghum and forage breeding division.