Dr. Carmen Jacinto-Hernández studied human nutrition at the Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico. She joined the Oilseed Program of the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA). In 1984 she completed an oilseed training at the Grain Research Laboratories, Agriculture Canada. Subsequently, she completed her master's degree (1988) and doctorate (2000) at the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City. She began to work on the quality of the common bean. She completed a postdoctoral stay in 2005, at the Genetics Laboratory of the University of Córdoba, Spain. She currently participates in the Bean Improvement Program of INIFAP.