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Graduate Student
Department of Plant Biology

Lara Brindisi

Lara Brindisi graduated with her PhD in 2023 from the Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her goal was to explore known and novel uses of plants to improve the well-being of individuals and societies, especially in the developing world. Her project investigated the medicinal, nutritional, and agricultural benefits of a plant called mashua (Tropaeolum tuberosum Ruiz & Pav.), which is an indigenous crop cultivated in the Andean Highlands of Ecuador and Peru. Her research interests include ethnobotany, genomics, and sustainable agriculture.