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Viridiana Silva-Perez

Viridiana is a Centre Associate investigator and a postdoctoral fellow in CSIRO Agriculture.  She is a crop scientist with expertise in plant physiology and genetics.

The aim of Viridiana’s research is to characterise the photosynthetic properties of different wheat varieties, and develop faster screening techniques that measure the spectrum of light reflected from the leaf. More specifically, during her PhD, she developed an innovative technique that allows identifying wheat plants with particular photosynthetic properties. It can be used for breeding to improve photosynthetic capacity and efficiency in wheat for increased yield potential.

In 2006, Viri completed a BS in Crops Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, México. She then moved to France where she completed her MS in Plant Sciences at the AgroParisTech, (a French university-level institution, also known as a “Grande Ecole”) in 2008 before heading back to Mexico to complete another MS in Plant Genetics at Colegio de Postgraduados in 2011.



2012-2015. PhD scholarship from CONACYT and MasAgro-CIMMYT.

2012. Student Poster Prize by Australian Society of Plant Scientist at COMBIO 2012, Adelaide.

2009-2011. Ms scholarship from CONACYT (Institution of Science and Technology in Mexico).

2007-2008. MS scholarship from “Fondation Etchèbes”, France and SEP (Ministry of Public Education in Mexico).