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Martha Leyte: Visiting International Scholar from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Martha Leyte, International Scholar from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Every year, UNCG hosts many talented international scholars from all over the world. Since August 2013, seven new scholars have come to our campus to pursue research and continue their studies. One of those scholars is Martha Leyte, a postdoctoral student from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City, Mexico. In 2007, Martha graduated from UNAM with her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Biological Chemistry, then went on to earn a Master’s degree in 2009 and her PhD in 2013. As a PhD student at UNAM, she worked with endophytic fungi, which live within plants and may help them resist disease and other stresses.

During Martha’s last semester at UNAM, Dr. Nadja Cech (Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department) reached out to Martha’s former supervisor in search of a PhD student to fulfill a postdoctoral position here at UNCG. Martha was an ideal candidate for the position, and was excited to have the opportunity to pursue her research in the US. “I always take the opportunities that life gives me, especially to do the things that I love,” she says.

Since arriving on our campus in October 2013, she has continued her work on endophytic fungi with Dr. Cech. She hopes her research will yield results that will help with disease resistance in humans. The prospect of helping improve people’s lives is what she loves most about her work. “I like getting results,” she says. “I want to help people.”

So far, her experience at UNCG has been very positive. “I feel at home here at UNCG. It is very quiet here, and the people are friendly,” she says. “I’ve also been able to meet a lot of people from different countries and cultures.”

Interested in inviting a scholar to UNCG? Please contact Michael Elliott, Director of International Student and Scholar Services, at mjellio2@uncg.edu or call (336) 334-5404.

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