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Julieta Martino, PhD

Dr. Julieta Martino is a Postdoctoral Associate at Dr. Kara Bernstein's Laboratory in the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. She obtained her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2015 from the University of Maine. Julieta's current research focuses on investigating the role of novel DNA repair proteins in the repair of DNA damage induced by alkylating agents. Julieta 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 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, that allowed her to perform her graduate research in Dr. John Wise's Laboratory in Portland, Maine. During her PhD she explored the effects of carcinogenic metals on centrosome biology and numerical chromosome instability. She 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 two 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.

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