Karla Huerta, Ph.D.

Karla Huerta

Position Title
Andy Walker Lab

Viticulture and Enology


Viticulture: Grapes

Keywords: grapevine breeding, grapevine genetics, wild grapevines, biodiversity

I am a 4th year Ph.D. Student in Horticulture and Agronomy in Dr. Andrew Walker’s Lab in the Department of Viticulture and Enology. I am part of the Pierce’s Disease (PD) Resistant wine grape breeding program. My research focuses on finding new sources of PD resistance to implement to our breeding program to achieve long-term and broad resistance. Also, I am characterizing wild grapevines from our Mexican and Western US collection. I come from Ciudad Juarez, México, where I got my B.Sc. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Genetics and Biotechnology. Apart from plant breeding, evolution and plant genetics, my interests lay in science communication and education.