Professor Silverio García-Lara obtained his PhD in Experimental Biology from the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico during which he develop a PhD stay the University of Ottawa in Canada and subsequently Postdoctoral studies at the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement, CIMMYT. He was the head of Entomology Unit at the Global Maize Program of CIMMYT and visiting scientist at Global ICARDA-CIMMYT-IITA Maize Program. He is currently an Associate Professor, Senior Scientist and head of Plant-Food Molecular Breeding Unit at the National School of Science and Technology at Tec de Monterrey, ITESM. He leads and coordinate a National Network in Postharvest with 25 local institutes to applied biotechnology for “Food Loss Reduction”.
Among its main achievements he had developed, improved and characterized storage pests resistant corn and corn with nutraceutical properties. He has developed several comprehensive technologies to reduce post-harvest problems for Latin America, Africa and Asia. García Lara has worked on ways reduced the amount of food loss in storage, especially corn, coffee and rice. He was recognized at the second Latino-American Meeting on Hermetic Storage in Guatemala for the testing of special plastic bags for grain storage. His team have also discovered anti-cancer properties in Mexican oregano and corn.
He has received financial support from agencies such as foundation FEMSA, CONACYT, SAGARPA, USDA-USA, CIDA-CANADA, CIMMYT, MasAgro, GrainPro, Monsanto, and Kelloggs. His work in molecular breeding, postharvest biotechnology and nutraceutical bio-characterization has been recognized and awarded by the Canadian Foundation for the International Conference on Agricultural Biotechnology (ABIC), The Consultative Group on International Agriculture (CGIAR), AGROBIO Mexico and the Institute of Nutrition of BIMBO Group. In 2012 he get the Teaching and Research Award by Tec de Monterrey. In 2016 he was awarded by ITESM by his research in Sustainable Food Security as one of the Top Ten project that are changing Mexico. He is a regular member of the Mexican Academy of Science since 2014 and a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) level II.
García Lara has more than 160 abstracts presented at national and international conferences and currently has more than 60 publications, 8 book chapters, 4 books, 5 patents, and dozens of outreach lectures at various national and international forums.