Cindy L. Sigler
Plant Breeding and Genetics
Cindy Sigler is a doctoral student in the Environmental Horticulture Department majoring in Plant Breeding and Genetics. Cindy began working at the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, Florida at the age of 16 where she learned basic tissue culture and transformation techniques of pathogen resistant citrus cultivars. After transferring to the University of Florida, Cindy began working in Dr. Thomas Colquhoun’s plant biotechnology laboratory with an undergraduate research focus on characterizing two protein families required for phenylpropanoid production in plants. Her current research involves investigating floral fragrance metabolism and its role in pollinator ecology. After completing her graduate studies, Cindy intends on improving flavor and aroma of fruits and flowers through volatile manipulation. When she’s not in a laboratory, Cindy can be found outside biking, kayaking or collecting specimens for her curated insect collection.