Polytechnic University of Valencia
Ana Fita was born in 1979, in Valencia (Spain), where she graduated with honors as Agriculture Engineer (2002) and obtained her PhD with honors in Biotechnology and Plant Breeding (2007) by the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). She is Associate Professor at UPV, teaching from more than twelve years a wide variety of subjects related to Genetics, Plant Breeding and Plant Genetic Resources. She is the academic director of the Master in Plant Breeding and the coordinator at UPV of the Erasmus Mundus Master in plant breeding: emPLANT. She has tutorized twenty seven graduate and master theses, and has participated in seminars in several European Universities. She is part of an innovation group devoted to improve University teaching. She was awarded by the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS, Oustanding paper on horticultural education, 2010) and by the Valencian Government (Excellence Teaching Award at University Level 2010).
At reseach level, Dr. Prof. Ana Fita leads the Abiotic Stress breeding group at the Instituto de Conservación y Mejora de la Agrodiversidad Valenciana (COMAV). Her research includes breeding vegetables for improved root systems, improving our understanding of root architecture and its relationship with resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses and soil biota. Also she is interested in promoting new crops and enhancing the sustainable use of plant genetic resources. She has co-authored 140 publications including research papers (34 indexed in JCR), congress and book chapters. She was finalist at the young scientist awards of the Spanish Society for Horticultural Science in 2009.