Dr. Patricia A. Martin-DeLeon is Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences Emerita and Francis Alison Professor at the University of Delaware where she spent the last 43 years before her recent retirement, and where she served for 19 years as Faculty Representative on the Board of Trustees. She has been a Visiting Scientist in the Pediatrics Department of Johns Hopkins University, a Visiting Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pennsylvania, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Penn State University College of Medicine.
Professor DeLeon is a reproductive geneticist whose research interests focused on genes involved in sperm development and function, sperm membrane and epididymal proteins, reproductive extracellular vesicles, sperm hyaluronidases, and transmission ratio distortion. She served as a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (1992-1996), NIH Study Sections and Special Emphasis Panels, National Science Foundation (NSF) Review Panels, and on the Executive Council of the American Society of Andrology where she was recognized for her scientific contributions in Andrology in 2006. She served on the editorial boards of six journals in Andrology/Reproduction, has published >110 papers and book chapters, and has three patents issued or pending. She is the recipient of the 2007 U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), the 2010 Distinguished Alumna and Honoree and the 2019 Outstanding Women award (70th Anniversary) of the University of the West Indies, the 2011 Caribbean Women in Science medalist, and the 2017 Francis Alison Professor Award at the University of Delaware. In 2007 she gave the Keynote address at the 41st Annual meeting at the Minority Affairs Symposium of the SSR, and in 2010 delivered the 41st William G. Demas Memorial Lecture at the Caribbean Development Bank in the Bahamas. She was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi in 2015.
Dr. DeLeon graduated with a B.Sc Hons. (Chemistry and Zoology) and an M.Sc (Medical Genetics) from the University of the West Indies and with the Ph.D. in Microscopic Anatomy from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada (1969-1972). She was a Medical Research Council (MRC) of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University in Montreal (1972-1975). She is married and has a daughter, a son, and two granddaughters.