Dr. Julieta Martino is a native of Argentina where she 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 whale behavioral changes. 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 move to the US to attend graduate school and study genetic toxicology. In 2015, she obtained her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maine under Dr. John Wise’s mentorship.
After her PhD, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh and Fundación Instituto Leloir in Argentina, under the mentorship of Drs. Kara Bernstein and Vanesa Gottifredi, respectively. Her postdoctoral training was on DNA damage and repair and cemented her interest in DNA biology and human genetics. She recently moved back to the US, and is currently a Variant Scientist at GeneDx. She was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship from the US Department of State and an International World Fellowship from Delta Kappa Gamma. She has also 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 multiple 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 and Secretary during two terms (2018–2022).