Alejandra earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. During her research Alejandra participated in different biophysics labs as part of the Single Molecular Biophotonics Group in the University of Southern California. She has always been interested in agriculture and technology and she is currently a doctoral student in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Florida. Her research efforts are focused on improving the biomass conversion properties of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor). More specifically, she studies enzymes involved in cell wall architecture that would enable engineering plant cell walls through breeding or genetic engineering, thus improving biofuel production and invention of value-added products from lignin polymers. She also investigates the genetic bases and the physiological effects of water submergence on crop plants to develop flooding-tolerant lines to improve crop production in flood-prone areas.