Santos Barrera Lemus: Plant Direct First Author

Santos Barrera Lemus, first author of “Large genomic introgression blocks of Phaseolus parvifolius Freytag bean into the common bean enhance the crossability between tepary and common beans”

Current Position: Biotech Research Manager at Plant Sciences Inc.

Education: Ph.D. in Agronomy and Horticulture, specialization in plant breeding

Non-scientific Interests: Reading and playing tennis. I also love spending time with my family

Brief bio: I grew up in a small town in a rural area of Colombia. I come from a very humble family, and I have been passionate about agriculture since I was a kid. I have a B.Sc. in agronomy engineering and a M.Sc. in agricultural science, specializing in plant breeding. In December 2021, I finished my Ph.D. in Agronomy and Horticulture, specializing in plant breeding at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. I have more than nine years of de experience working in the agricultural research industry. During the years I have been working in bean breeding, I have brought new useful genetic variation from tepary beans into the common beans, which allowed me to develop several experimental, interspecific common/tepary bean lines that could be used to overcome climate