Christian Roa

Mentor: Dr. Fredy Altpeter
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
"As a child I was always immensely curious about the world around me. To this day I am still that curious little kid, that is why I got involved in research. I wanted to be a part of what drives this world forward and contribute what I can. I knew that getting involved in research was the only way for me to truly feed my curiosity and be a part of scientific progress. I hope one day in the future someone's fantastic discovery was made a bit more possible with the work my colleagues and I have done."





Research Interests

  • Plant Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Agriculture

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • American medical Student Association
  • Gator Emergency Medical Response Unit
  • Gator EMR


  • Volunteer Emergency Medical First Responder
  • Shands Hospital E.R. Department
  • Gators for Heaven Hospice

Hobbies and Interests

  • Skateboarding
  • Sketch Art
  • Jogging

Research Description

Introduction of Herbicide Resistance to Bahiagrass by Chemical Mutagenesis
We are intending to develop a superior apomictic bahiagrass cultivar with herbicide resistance which allows suppression of weeds and other grasses. Development of a superior bahiagrass cultivar will be achieved via in vitro chemical mutagenesis of the endogenous acetolactate synthase (ALS) gene. The mutation breeding suggested here uses chemical mutagens such as ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS) and sodium azide to modify genes (i.e. ALS) by inducing nucleotide substitutions, to create new varieties.