arodri@ucdavis.edu

BS in Plant Science; UC Davis

MS in Horticulture and Agronomy; UC Davis (expected 2019)

Alan grew up in small town Newark in the San Francisco Bay area. Prior to studying at University of California, Davis for his undergraduate degree, he had no agricultural background, but had always loved plants and wildlife.  Once here, he found the study of plant breeding very interesting and decided to major in Plant Sciences. As an intern in Dr. Siobhan Brady’s lab, he was tasked to create a T-DNA mapping library for the transgenic tomato lines in her program. From those experiences, he decided to continue his education to become a plant breeder.

He started his Masters program in Fall 2017 at the University of California, Davis where he will be working on Fusarium wilt resistance in strawberry. Specifically, Alan will focus on using strawberry as a model for resistance gene identification through common gene families associated with pathogen resistance in polyploid crops. The goal of this project is to provide the strawberry community with multiple alleles and/or loci that confer innate immunity to fusarium wilt. This will provide breeders with stackable resistance traits resulting in multiple evolutionary obstacles for fusarium to overcome.