Francisco FUENTES

Researcher and Professor at Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. His prior working experience includes Researcher at Department of Pharmaceutics, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, USA; International Quinoa Expert, Administration of Foreign Expert of Jilin Province, P. R. China; and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) consultant in Chile. He obtained his PhD in Agroforestry and Veterinary Sciences, Molecular Genetics at University of Chile in 2007 and B.S. in Agronomy and Crop Science at Concepcion University, Chile in 2001. He has completed Technical Internship in Genetics Advances for Horticultural Crops and Internship Research in the following topics: Sequencing and Phylogenetic Analysis of Chloroplast bar code of Chenopodium genus, Developing Multiplex Fluorescent Microsatellite Markers for Genetic Diversity Assessment in Quinoa and Molecular Marker Screening to assess Genetic Diversity in Quinoa. He received awards including Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by the National Commission for Science and Technology (CONICYT), Chile (2012-2014) and Doctoral Fellowship funded by the National Commission for Science and Technology (CONICYT), Chile (2004-2007). He has also received number of research grants as Principal Investigator, Associate Investigator and International Research Collaborator, publishing +40 research articles in refereed journals. He serves as Editor-in-chief of “Journal of Agronomy” and as editorial board member in international journals, including “Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca” and “Notulae Scientia Biologicae”.