UNC researcher awarded one of Mexico’s highest scientific honors

UNC researcher awarded one of Mexico’s highest scientific honors click to enlarge Francisco Martinez-Torres, MD, PhD

November 30, 2009 -- Francisco Martinez-Torres, MD, PhD, has been named a National Researcher in Medicine and Health Sciences by Mexico’s Council for Science and Technology (CoNaCyT). Martinez-Torres is a post-doctoral researcher in the division of infectious diseases at the UNC School of Medicine. A native of Mexico, Martinez-Torres received his medical degree from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Monterrey, Mexico and a doctorate in neurosciences from the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

Founded in 1984, CoNaCyT’s National Researcher System aims to promote the work of Mexican nationals who demonstrate notable individual contributions to scientific endeavors and/or technology development in an international setting. The selection process for the distinction of National Researcher is competitive. Each nominee must undergo a rigorous evaluation by a committee of his or her peers, who critically review the candidate’s work in a particular field of science or technology.

Martinez-Torrez came to UNC in 2009 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is a researcher in the laboratory of J. Victor Garcia-Martinez, PhD. “This is one of the highest honors that a Mexican scientist can receive,” said Garcia-Martinez. “It is a clear reflection of the quality of his work and a recognition of his accomplishments, and we are very proud of having him as a part of our group at UNC.”