Born and raised in Peru, I received my Bachelor of Science in Agronomy at the Universidad Nacional Pedro Ruiz (1998) and my Master of Agriculture in Integrated Pest Management from Universidad Nacional Agraria la Molina in Lima (2004). I worked in Peru as an extension agent for the German International Cooperation Agency and then as a crop protection lead for a 2000 acre cotton farm. I came to Texas in 2006 and started working for this Entomology department first as an Extension Assistant and now as a Research Associate in the Sword lab. I am currently working on the interaction between the cotton aphid and the cotton plant and how this relationship is affected by the introduction of fungal agents. I enjoy growing plants, cooking and oil painting.