Dr. Garcia has a PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding (Department of Genetics, ESALQ, University of São Paulo) and a post-doc in Statistical Genetics (Bioinformatics Research Center, North Carolina State University, USA). He began his career as a researcher working on sugar cane breeder (1995-1998) and as a professor of Statistics (1998-2002). Nowadays, he is a faculty of Department of Genetics (ESALQ/USP). His research interest is the development of statistical methods that allow to use information from molecular markers in plant breeding, as well as to understand the genetic architecture of quantitative traits. Most of his publications are about maize and sugarcane, but other crops are also studied.