40 Under 40, Class of 2018

Krishna Bhattarai


University of Florida

Job Title

Research Assistant/Graduate Student


  • Working on developing resistance to powdery mildew on gerbera daisy. By identifying resistant genes and their introgression in new gerbera cultivars, growers can save resources by limiting the number of fungicides and applications.
  • Co-authored a book chapter on gerbera breeding, which will be published this year.


In His Spare Time: Krishna likes to cook South Asian dishes like mutton biryani, matar pulau and onion pakaura. His favorite dish is mutton pulau.

Fun Facts

Poet & Ph.D. Student: Krishna likes to write ghazals (Nepali poems) and travel to places to learn about the plants and culture.

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