Luis De Stefano Beltrán

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Universidad Peruana Cayetano Herrera

Dr. Luis De Stefano Beltrán obtained his B.Sc. in Biological Sciences, with a major in Genetics, at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima (1980). In 1991 he received his PhD degree in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA under Prof. Jesse M. Jaynes. A postdoctoral fellowship from the European Community Commission (ECC) allowed him to work in the lab of Professor Dr. Marc Van Montagu at the University of Ghent in Belgium (1991-1993). In April, 1993 he accepted a position in the Biotechnology Research Unit at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), in Cali, Colombia, where he worked in cassava biotechnology and collaborated with the bean and rice molecular breeding programs. After a brief stay at the former Institute of Food Research (now Institute for Food Safety) at Cornell University (1995-1996) in Geneva, NY, USA working in apple genetic improvement, he moved to the Forest Biology Group at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology in Atlanta, GA, USA (1996-1999). Between 1999-2003 he worked in two small biotech companies, Demegen, Inc. (Pittsburgh, USA) and VitroGen, SA (Chile) as Assistant Director of Research and Director of Research respectively. In the summer of 2003, he accepted a Plant Physiologist position at the Sugarbeet and Potato Research Unit, Northern Crop Science Laboratory, USDA-ARS in Fargo, ND, USA where he stayed until mid 2006 when he decided to come back to Perú. In June, 2006, he relocated to the Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University (UPCH) in Lima, Perú where he has its own lab in functional genomics research. At UPCH he was also the first Head of the new Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Protection Office (2007-2011) and served as the first Academic Coordinator (2010-2012) of the Master program in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and Management. Since returning to Perú, Dr. De Stefano has obtained funding for more than a million dollars both from national and foreign agencies. In May, 2012 he was inducted as Associate Member into the peruvian National Academy of Sciences. Between April, 2013 and October, 2014 he served as Scientific Director of the Biotech Center at Marinazul-Camposol group. Since January, 2015 he is also the General Director of the Directorate of Agricultural Technology Development at the National Institute of Agricultural Innovation.

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