Plant breeder, Laura Ann poses with a giant pumpkin
Plant breeder, Laura Ann poses with a giant pumpkin

Education:

Ph.D.—Plant Breeding, Texas A&M University
M.S.—Entomology, Texas A&M University
B.S.—Biological Sciences, Clemson University

Years of Service at Sakata: 2015 – Present

Currently Breeding: Beets & Pumpkins

What inspired you to be a vegetable breeder?

I’ve always been very interested in working with living things, particularly plants and insects. Growing up, my parents taught us about the natural world and encouraged curiosity and creativity. I studied entomology during my masters and through that was introduced to the agricultural sciences. I became interested in plant breeding as a way to work on something very applied, while still being able to study what first drew me to science, biology and understanding how living things fit together.

What’s the best/your favorite part of your job?

I enjoy the creativity of plant breeding. Making and evaluating new hybrids is the best part of my job.

What specifically do you like about Sakata Seed America?

Sakata has a close-knit and supportive atmosphere that makes it a great place to work.

Can you tell us something that not everyone knows about you?

I’m a hobbyist entomologist and enjoy collecting and rearing insects.