Santiago Mideros completed the requirements for a Ph.D. degree in plant pathology from Cornell University in 2011. His research was supervised by Rebecca Nelson and was on resistance to aflatoxin accumulation in maize. Before coming to Cornell, he earned his master's degree in the soybean pathology lab with Anne Dorrance at the Ohio State University. Originally from Ecuador, Santiago has worked for a fresh flower production company in Ecuador as a farm manager in charge of integrated pest and disease management and as a research assistant at the International Potato Center (CIP). Santiago is currently a postdoctoral scientist at the international maize and wheat improvement center (CIMMYT) in Mexico.