PhD, Environmental Horticulture
Krishna Bhattarai was born in Nepalgunj, Banke, Nepal. He grew up with a younger brother, in Rajapur, Bardia. After completion of School Leaving Certificate (SLC) from Gulariya, Bardia he completed high school in Kathmandu. He joined the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Tribhuvan University (TU), for a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree in 2006. He studied at IAAS in Paklihawa, Rupendehi for the first two years and the last two years at IAAS in Rampur, Chitwan thereby completing his undergraduate degree, with Plant Breeding as an elective, in 2010. After graduation he started working as a Project Officer for the Association for Social Transformation and Humanitarian Assistance (ASTHA) – Nepal, a non-government organization in 2011. He completed his Master of Science degree with the Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, North Carolina, US in 2014. He joined Ornamental Plant Breeding and Genetics Program, University of Florida, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Wimauma, FL 33598 in 2015 as an intern and currently he is a PhD student working on gerbera daisy breeding in the program.