Dr. Zapata is the Vice President of Nursery for Front Range Biosciences. She is proud to work at a company that utilizes biotechnology and agriculture techniques to produce high-quality hemp and cannabis. In addition, she enjoys being part of a team that is training and connecting with a new generation of farmers.
Previous to FRB, Dr. Zapata worked as the Laboratory Manager at Ball Horticultural. She also led the Tissue Culture Laboratory at Driscoll's, where she designed and implemented clean stock programs in China and Mexico. Prior to Driscoll’s, Dr. Zapata worked for Syngenta Flowers, Yoder Brother’s, Gallo Winery, and the University of Florida at The Citrus Research and Education Center. She brings over 30 years of experience in tissue culture, plant transformation and plant production, creating and implementing programs that align tissue culture and clean stock programs to ensure only the highest quality material is produced. Dr. Zapata received her Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Texas A&M University and her Agronomist Engineer degree from the University of Viçosa in Brazil.