Liana Acevedo-Siaca

Graduate Student, Department of Crop Sciences
Graduate Fellow in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), University of Illinois


Office: 1500 IGB
Email: acevdsc2 at

Research Interests

Plant physiology and genetics

Read an article about Liana’s research on photosynthetic diversity and efficiency in rice.

Research Program

Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE)


Master of Science in Crop Sciences
University of Illinois, 2017

Bachelor of Science in Plant Science concentrating in Plant Breeding and Genetics
Cornell University, 2015

Professional Experience

University of Illinois
Academic Researcher, Institute for Genomic Biology (2015-present)

Mahyco (Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Limited), Dawalwadi, India
Okra Breeding Intern (2014)

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
Independent Researcher as Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar (2011-2014)

CassavaBase, Ithaca, New York, USA
Wikipage Manager (2014)

Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, Woodstock, New Hampshire, USA
Research Intern (2013)

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, USA
Research Contractor, Department of Botany
Research Intern, Department of Ornithology (2011-2013)

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