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Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Dr. Cheryl Dalid

Plant Breeder

Dr. Dalid is a plant breeder with a research background in self-pollinated, cross-pollinated, and clonally propagated crops. Her research interests include in exploring genetic diversity of crops to discover important genes for cultivar development specifically in developing high yielding crops with disease resistance and abiotic stress tolerance.

Dr. Dalid obtained her PhD in Plant, Soil, and Environmental Science with a concentration in Plant Breeding and a minor in Statistics from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Her doctoral dissertation is on genetic variation and identification of QTLs in lowland switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) which aimed to evaluate the genetic diversity among lowland switchgrass populations, to assess genetic variation and estimate expected genetic gain in lowland switchgrass, and to identify QTLs associated with biomass yield and establishment-related traits using a nested association mapping population.

After finishing her PhD in 2018, she moved to Florida to work as a Strawberry Breeding and Genetics Manager on the position of Biological Scientist II at the University of Florida/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. Currently, Dr. Dalid is in charge of designing, conducting, and supervising the implementation of experiments in the lab, greenhouse, and field related to strawberry breeding and genetics with an emphasis on controlled crossing and marker-assisted selection. She coordinates the daily operations of the strawberry breeding program, including supervision and scheduling of support personnel. She is also in charge of managing and organizing records and data and performing statistical analyses.


Rm. 181
Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
14625 CR 672
Wimauma, FL 33598

C Dalid CV

  • Education


    PhD 2018
    Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, concentration in Plant Breeding Minor in Statistics
    University of Tennessee Knoxville  
    Dissertation: Genetic Diversity, Genetic Variation and Identification of  Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) Associated with Biomass Yield and  Establishment-Related Traits in Lowland Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.)

    MS 2011
    Minor in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
    University of the Philippines Los Baños   
    Thesis: Phosphorus uptake 1 (Pup1): Application of Gene Specific Markers for Marker-Assisted Breeding and Evolution Studies in (Oryza sativa L.).

    BS 2004
    Major in Genetics
    University of the Philippines Los Baños
    Thesis: Individual Seed Evaluation for High Methionine of Interspecific
    F2 Hybrid Populations of Mungbean (Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek) and  Blackgram (Vigna mungo (L.) Hepper).