Karla Huerta

Karla Huerta with grape plant

Position Title
PhD Candidate

Walker Lab


I am a third-year graduate student in Dr. Andrew Walker’s Lab in the Department of Viticulture and Enology. I am part of the Pierce’s Disease (PD) Resistant wine grape breeding program. My research focuses in finding new sources of PD resistance to achieve long-term and broad resistance in our breeding program. Also, I study the genetic diversity of wild grapevines from Northern and Central Mexico. Apart from plant breeding, evolution and plant genetics, my interest lay in science communication, outreach and education.