Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México
La Dra. María Esperanza Martínez Romero studies the beneficial bacteria associated with plants and insects native to Mexico, not only from a basic aspect but also in search of applications. She described several rhizobial species and Klebsiella variicola and studies mechanisms of interaction with plants. She published a Manual addressed to farmers on the use of biofertilizers. She has given a large number of lectures on the use of biofertilizers to farmers. Her studies on symbiosis also include animal microbiomes including gut microbiome from tortoises in search for nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
Dr. Maria Esperanza Martinez Romero got her Bachelor, Masters, and Ph. D. degrees in Biomedical Research at the UNAM. She completed a post-doctorate in France at the INRA (National Institute of Agronomic Research) of Toulouse and two sabbatical stays at the University of California. She is a researcher at the Genomic Sciences Center of the UNAM in Cuernavaca. She serves as coordinator of the Undergraduate Program on Genomic Sciences of the UNAM in Cuernavaca. She is member of editorial committees of international journals and national and international scientific evaluation committees. She is a graduate and postgraduate professor. hat Dr. Martinez is a fellow of the American Society of Microbiology, she has received the Distinction of the National University for Young Academics (1996), Research Award in Natural Sciences of the Mexican Academy of Sciences (1997), Juana Ramírez de Asbaje Award from UNAM (2003), National University Award for Research in Natural Sciences (2005), AgroBio Prize (2011) and REMEI (2014) for her outstanding career in research.