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Julieta Martino, PhD

Dr. Julieta Martino is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Vanesa Gottifredi’s laboratory at the Fundación Instituto Leloir in Argentina. She obtained her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2015 from the University of Maine under Dr. John Wise’s mentorship and was a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Pittsburgh in Dr. Kara Bernstein’s lab. Julieta’s research interests include genetic toxicology and DNA repair mechanisms. She is a native of Argentina and obtained her Licentiate in Biology from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in 2005. After graduating, she joined a non-profit organization involved in whale conservation on the Argentina coast. At this position, she researched the role of anthropogenic activities on behavioral changes of mother/calf pairs, and also led multiple administrative tasks that included funding, event organization, outreach efforts and volunteer recruitment. During her two years working in the field, Julieta witnessed massive die-offs of whale calves and became interested in the genotoxic effects of pollutants. To pursue this interest and expand her knowledge, she decided to go to graduate school to study genetic toxicology. She achieved this goal by obtaining two fellowships, a Fulbright Fellowship from the US Department of State and an International World Fellowship from Delta Kappa Gamma. She has received travel awards from the Society of Marine Mammalogy, SOT and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and her grades earned her recognition by Phi Kappa Phi, Epsilon Pi Tau and Golden Key International Honor Societies. She was also awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student for the Maine Center of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Dr. Martino is the first author of four publications, as well as co-author of three publications, and has presented her work in more than 40 seminars, short talks and posters in meetings across the USA and Argentina. Julieta enjoys teaching and has served as a teaching assistant as an undergraduate and graduate student. She also values mentoring and being mentored and has had the opportunity to introduce high school and undergraduate students to lab and science life. She has been a member of SOT since 2007, as well as a member of the Carcinogenesis and Metals Specialty Sections, the Northeast and Allegheny-Erie Regional Chapters, and the HOT Special Interest Group, for which she was the 2017–2018 Postdoctoral Representative.

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