DEAN OF GRADUATE STUDIES
Dr. Hector E. Flores is a plant biologist specializing in the biochemistry and physiology of plant roots and storage organs and in the biology and culture of plant-people interactions. Dr. Flores was born and raised in Lima, Peru, where he obtained a B.S. in Biology from the Universidad Nacional de San Marcos, the oldest university in the Americas. Dr. Flores earned a M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez, 1978) and a Ph.D. in Biology from Yale University (1983). During a research and academic career spanning over 25 years, Dr. Flores has served in faculty and administrative roles at Louisiana State University, Pennsylvania State University, Arkansas State University, and most recently as Dean of Science at Texas State University.
Dr. Flores is nationally and internationally recognized for his work in plant biochemistry and root biology, having published about 100 technical papers, edited five books, and received over $5 M in funding for his research from Federal agencies and private foundations. At Penn State, Dr. Flores was the principal investigator for eleven years of a graduate training grant funded by NSF/USDA/DOE, and PI for five years of an international training grant funded by the McKnight Foundation. He has trained numerous undergraduate students and been graduate advisor of 14 M.S. and Ph.D. students. Throughout his career, Dr. Flores has made a strong commitment to Honors education, to the mentoring and recruitment of minorities in higher education, and to international collaborations. Dr. Flores has also been active in service to the Federal Government as program director at the National Science Foundation, service to various professional societies and journal editorial boards, and as a consultant to the U.S. Dept. of State. He is also recipient of an award from the Health Science Foundation of Japan. Dr. Flores is an honorary professor of Biology at the Universidad Nacional de San Marcos in Lima, Peru, his alma mater. Dr. Flores joined the Rochester Institute of Technology on September 1, 2011, as Dean of Graduate Studies.