Liana Acevedo-Siaca is an Associate Scientist focused on Wheat Physiology within the Global Wheat Program. Her research currently focuses on understanding abiotic stress responses in wheat – such as to heat, drought, and excessive light – to make it more climate resilient. She is particularly interested in improving wheat photosynthetic performance to enhance the crop’s productivity and sustainability.
Prior to joining CIMMYT, Acevedo-Siaca completed her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, focusing on plant physiology and photosynthesis in rice. During graduate school she spent time at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines as a U.S. Borlaug Fellow in Global Food Security. Afterwards, she worked with the Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) Project to better understand photosynthetic performance in soybean and tobacco.