Mayra Mendoza

Mayra Mendoza

Previous Institution: Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina

Hometown: Lima, Perú

Fields of Interest:

Bioinformatics and Genomics

Conservation & Population Genetics

Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics

When and how did you realize that you wanted to study Genetics?

From a very young age I was curious to know what could be seen through a microscope, while growing up, I was excited to read about the human genome project, and as soon as I had the opportunity to choose a career, Genetics was actually my first and only option.

Why did you choose the Genetics PhD program at A&M?

I had the opportunity to do internships here, I fell in love with the campus, its traditions, the city, and above all because of the high academic rigor that I could see among its members, projects and faculties.

If you were free to choose anything, what research question/topic would you like to address for your graduate studies?

I am interested in animal science and Genetic improvement, as well as integration of modern biotechnology with conventional agricultural practices in order to improving income earning opportunities in rural areas.

Fun Facts:

Who was your famous role model growing up?

The one and only Marie Curie.

Do you have any pets? If so, please tell us about them.

I have a calico kitten named Mati, she loves to be the center of attention!

Favorite place you have travelled to.

Cuzco! It is a magical city in the Peruvian Andes, known for hosting Machu Picchu, a wonder of the modern world.