PhD, Plant Biology with Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology, UC Davis
Amber Flores has always sought out experiences that unite her passion for science with her interest in business and entrepreneurship. Her current desire to improve food systems and agriculture is manifested through her PhD work in Plant Biology, where she is using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to improve nitrogen use efficiency and carotenoid content in lettuce to improve it’s sustainability and nutritional value.
Amber’s skillsets in molecular biology and gene editing are complemented by demonstrated commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship. She’s completed the UC Davis Business Development Fellows Program, is pursuing a Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology, and has already completed a 3-month commitment with Ohalo Genetics, a plant breeding startup. Here she not only contributed scientifically but also to the team organizational structure and protocols. She is a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP), and is engaged with PREP@UC Davis, a program that assists students with minority backgrounds to engage with biomedical research and related programs.