Workshop "1000 Genomas: Colaborando para el Futuro de la Biodiversidad Genómica en Chile"

Romina Pedreschi

Romina Pedreschi graduated as an Engineer of Food Industries from Agrarian La Molina UNALM (Peru) in 2003. Immediately, she joined a Master Program in Food Science and Technology in Texas A&M University (USA) and graduated in 2005. She joined the doctoral program of Bioscience Engineering at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and graduated in 2009. Her Master and Doctoral research works received two important international awards: the first place and prize in the Institute of Food Technologists, Fruit and Vegetable Products Division Graduate Student Poster Competition (2004) and the George F. Stewart IFT at the Institute of Food Technologists (first place), International Division in the year 2007. She continued her post-doctoral training (2009-2012) at the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) – a joint research center of the European Commission working in the Food Quality and Safety Unit on development of advanced mass spectrometry based proteomic protocols for allergen detection. In 2012, she joined as senior researcher, the Food and Biobased Research Unit of Wageningen UR (The Netherlands) where she led different national and international projects related postharvest physiology and technology and food science acting as link between academia and industry. In October 2013, she joined the School of Agronomy of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), where currently works as Associate Professor.

Since her incorporation to PUCV in Chile in 2013, she has successfully led as principal investigator (PI) grants related to fruit biology and postharvest physiology, functional genomics and data integration such as Fondecyt Initiation N°11140052 (2014-2017), Fondequip N° EQM140074 (2015-2017) and International Networks REDES N°150030 (2015-2017). Currently, she is leading a Fondecyt Regular N°1180303 (2018-2022) and REDES redbio001 (2019-2021) related to fruit biology and functional genomics and biotechnology. She has participated and participates as co-investigator in grants such as Fondecyt Regular N°1150492 (2015-2019), N°1160584 (2016-2020),

N°1190080 (2019-2023) and N°1200139 (2020-2024). She has led an international network on postharvest omics data integration among Chile, Belgium (Group of Postharvest Physiology PUCV, Flanders Centre of Postharvest (VCBT), Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors (MeBioS), Systems Biology Mass Spectrometry Based (SyBioMa) of KU Leuven University) and Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) – Volcani Center (Israel). Additionally, she has participated and participates in international grants related to rescuing the biodiversity of plant species from the Andes.

The years 2017, 2019 and 2020 she received the recognition of outstanding researcher in Engineering and Sciences from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso. She is part of the editorial board of the journals Postharvest Biology and Technology and Frontiers in Plant Science-Crop and Product Physiology Section, besides serving as reviewer in several other journals (Food Chemistry, Proteomics, Journal of Proteomics, Scientia Horticulturae, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, etc) and participating as grant reviewer (ANID, BARD Israel-USA, FWT-Belgium, PUC-Peru, etc). Dr. Pedreschi is currently the director of the Doctoral Program on AgriFood Sciences of PUCV, having led successfully the first accreditation of this program. She is since 2018 member of the Study Group Fondecyt on Agricultural and Forest Areas and member of the Committee Area on Forest and Agricultural Sciences of the National Agency of Accreditation (C) Chile for postgraduate studies since 2019.

Dr. Romina Pedreschi is Graduate Faculty member of the Master Program in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agronomical and Food Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso since 11/2013 to date and Graduate Faculty member of the Doctoral Program in AgriFood Sciences, Faculty of Agronomical and Food Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Up to date, she has supervised three post-docs, four Master students and 14 undergraduate student degree projects. She is currently sponsoring two postdocs, supervising two doctoral students and four Master students. Up to date she has 88 WoS publications in leading plant, postharvest and food science journals.