Luis Herrera Estrella 

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Dr. Luis Herrera Estrella, a pioneer and leading expert on genetic engineering, received a Ph.D. in plant molecular biology from the State University of Ghent, Belgium, where he also conducted postgraduate research. His current research is focused on the study of the molecular mechanisms that regulate the development of plant roots in response to environmental factors and in the field of functional genomics of several endemic species of Mexico. He is a Howard Hughes Distinguished Fellow, and a member of US National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Herrera has received many prestigious awards for his work, among them the Distinguished Graduate Research Award by the New York Academy of Sciences, Javed Husain award by UNESCO, Gold Medal by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). Dr. Herrera Estrella has graduated many students under his direction, such as: 17 BSc, 14 MSc, and 36 PhD. His research has generated 5 patents and more than 200 publications in international journals and books which have received more than 7,800 citations. He recently created the company called StelaGenomics, which is dedicated to the development of genetically modified crops designed to reduce the use of fertilizers and agrochemicals in agriculture. Currently, he is the Director and Full Professor of the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity.

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