Hector Lopez Moreno

Graduate Student - Cranberry Genetics and Genomics Laboratory


Juan Zalapa

Research Focus

Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics PhD


Oaxaca, Mexico

Where did you complete your undergraduate/master’s/PhD?

Chapingo Autonomous University / CINVESTAV-LANGEBIO

Hector Lopez Moreno

What is your research about and what is the impact? How does it relate to the horticulture industry, what is the goal?

Genomics and quantitative genetics focused on fruit quality in cranberry.

Why did you choose UW-Madison? What is your favorite part of Madison?

I found that the Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison stands out as one of the best options in the field thanks to its high-impact trajectory and its community of excellence. Madison is a great place for outdoor activities.

What was the path you took to work in plant sciences? And then what advice would you give to your younger self to get into the field/career you are in today?

From a very young age, I found great passion for agriculture and plants, farming my family’s small land in South Mexico. Subsequently, I studied agronomy and have focused on plant genetics since my university studies.