Patricia Cabas-Lühmann

2024 Women in Triticum Early Career Award

Patricia Cabas-Lühmann, from Chile, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Pontifical Catholic University in Dr. Andrés Schwember’s molecular plant breeding laboratory. She focuses on the identification of genomic regions and genes associated with quality traits such as protein content, fiber content, and Iron and Zinc content of ancient tetraploid wheats (Triticum dicoccon, paleocolchium, polonicum, and turanicum) suitable to be used for wheat breeding programs. She received her Ph.D. and M.Sc. at North Dakota State University under the advice of Dr. Frank Manthey and Dr. Elias Elias. In both degrees, she studied the environmental effects on durum wheat grain quality and pasta color. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Agronomy at the University of Concepcion in Chile.


  • Universidad de Concepcion, Chile/ Agronomy
  • North Dakota State University, ND, USA/ Master of Science
  • North Dakota State University, ND, USA/ Doctor of Philosophy
Patricia Cabas-Lühmann

“I aim to improve wheat's food security by identifying genomic regions and genes associated with protein, fiber, and nutrient content in ancient tetraploid wheat that can be used for wheat breeding programs to enhance wheat's quality and nutritional content lost due to the selection process.

The WIT Early Career Award will significantly impact my future. It will allow me to be part of this international community that is essential to food security. This will facilitate collaborative initiatives, enabling me to learn and share knowledge so that together, we can advance to solve future agricultural challenges. ”

Patricia Cabas-Lühmann
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