Carlos Ortiz, PhD
Dr. Carlos Ortiz is a Program Specialist at the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) where he supports Agriculture and STEM education grant programs; more specifically, the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) and Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship Education Programs. Prior to joining NIFA, Dr. Ortiz was a visiting postdoctoral scientist at USDA-ARS in College Station, Texas where he developed molecular detection systems of highly pathogenic strains of fungal pathogens of cotton. During his academic tenure, Dr. Ortiz also worked with bacterial, fungal and viral systems with focus on secondary metabolite biosynthesis. He has taught biology courses at the community college level and is a past Regional Vice-President and National Graduate Student President of MANRRS. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The University of Texas Pan-American.