Juliana Baggio is a member of GPN's 2024 Class of Forty Under 40 honorees
40 Under 40, Class of 2024

Juliana Baggio


Syngenta Crop Protection 

Job Title

Research scientist


What 3-4 professional and/or personal accomplishments are you most proud of? 

  • Finishing my Ph.D. 
  • Moving to another country to study and work
  • Helping growers/farmers overcome challenges in pest control and succeed

What led you to work in the horticulture industry? 

  • I have always loved biology and always wanted to work with research.
  • Being influenced by an uncle that was a professor at an agriculture university, I decided to follow his path.
  • During my years in college, I got more exposure to horticulture and, through an internship in the plant pathology department, I started working with diseases of horticultural plants. 

What’s the best thing about your job? 

  • I get to do what I love, every day.

Describe to a 6-year-old what you do in life? 

  • Do you know when you get sick? Well, plants get sick too! I help sick plants to be healthy again or help them not get sick in the first place.
  • I am a plant doctor. 


What are your favorite hobbies? 

  • Dancing
  • Reading
  • Spending time with family and friends

When you’re not working, what are three things we could find you doing? 

  • Watching movies
  • Working around the house
  • Spending time with family

Fun Facts

Do you have any unusual talents, or can you tell us something interesting about yourself that other people may be surprised to find out? 

  • Although I do not practice anymore, as a kid and teenager, I used to be really good at ballet, tap dance and flamenco dance. 

One thing you can’t live without? 

  • Family

What are you (un)secretly good at? 

  • Organization

What are your top three bucket list items? 

  • Learn a new language
  • Learn knitting or crocheting
  • Visit all U.S. national parks

What’s your favorite plant variety and why? 

  • I love Gerberas! Gerberas come in a wide range of bright and cheerful colors.
  • They are versatile flowers that can be used in various floral arrangements, from bouquets to centerpieces, and are suitable for many occasions.
  • My wedding bouquet was composed of Gerberas! 

You’re buying a vacation package to anywhere in the world without a budget, where are you going? 

  • Southeast Asia