Edward Cruz is an undergraduate majoring in biochemistry & molecular biology. He's a plant biology student researcher in our College's Wallace Lab, and he has earned several prestigious awards, including one from the National Science Foundation, a summer research fellowship from the American Society of Plant Biologists and, most recently, a Goldwater Scholarship.
When Edward was a child, he would visit his grandpa in José María Pino Suárez, Mexico, a small rural town that relies on producing agriculture. His grandpa would plant and sell seedlings.
"I was very curious about the seedlings my grandpa grew," he said. "I was very curious about how plants grew, and I would admire the flowers as the seasons progressed."
Edward’s professional aspirations are to earn a Ph.D. in plant biochemistry and pursue a career as an academic researcher. He will work to improve agriculture.
"Edward is a phenomenal young scientist," Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Assistant Professor Ian Wallace said. "I am confident that Edward will make significant and long-standing impacts in science."