M. Pilar Martinez Viedma, PhD
J. Craig Venter Institute, Staff Scientist
AWIS Junior Member since 2018
“I aspire to keep growing as a scientist helping others with my research and help my team to move forward in their careers.”
What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned and how has it proven invaluable?
An important leadership lesson is to listen to your team’s opinions and necessities to establish clear and common objectives. Your team needs to trust in you to follow your directions.
What do you aspire to accomplish in your career and why?
I aspire to keep growing as a Scientist helping others with my research and help my team to move forward in their careers.
How has AWIS helped you professionally and/or personally?
AWIS has given me the opportunity to meet amazing successful women who inspired me to keep working in my Scientific career, and to be more confident in myself and show to the world what I am able to do.
M. Pilar Martinez Viedma works as a Staff Scientist at J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, California. She is part of the Bioinformatic Department with Zika virus pathogenicity being one of her main research projects. Dr. Martinez Viedma obtained her PhD in Biology at University of Jaen (Spain) where she studied the biocontrol of pathogenic bacteria in Foods through bacteriocin addition. After that, she continued her scientific career in Boston as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School, studying HIV infection in human and simian macrophages. Along her scientific career she has been always involved in volunteer activities of mentoring and helping the Scientific community.