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Patricia DeLeon

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Geneticist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Walnuts
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Diego, California
Favorite Quote:
The greater the effort, the greater the reward.

Birthplace

Born:
7/13/1944
Birth Location:
Port Maria,

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Geneticist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Walnuts
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Diego, California
Favorite Quote:
The greater the effort, the greater the reward.

Birthplace

Born:
7/13/1944
Birth Location:
Port Maria
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Biography

Geneticist Patricia A. DeLeon was born on July 13, 1944 in Port Maria, Jamaica. After graduating from the University of the West Indies with her B.Sc. degree in chemistry and zoology in 1967 and her M.Sc. degree in medical genetics in 1969 DeLeon enrolled at the University of Western Ontario and graduated from there in 1972 with her Ph.D. degree in microscopic anatomy before completing post-doctoral studies in cell biology and cell genetics at McGill University in 1975.

Upon graduation, DeLeon worked in several industry and academic positions. She served as a visiting scientist at the Johns Hopkins University, a visiting faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and as an adjunct professor at Penn State University College of Medicine. DeLeon joined the faculty of the University of Delaware in 1976, and was named the Trustees Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences in 2009. Her work has produced three patents issued or pending and over one-hundred publications and abstracts, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). DeLeon served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals and on the Executive Council of the American Society of Andrology (ASA). She has been as a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee and the NIH and National Science Foundation Review Panels. In addition, she has mentored more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students in STEM fields.

DeLeon is widely recognized for her contributions to andrology, which deals with male reproductive health. In 2007, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from NSF; and, in 2010, she received the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Excelsior Alumni Association, USA. Inc. and was the Distinguished Alumna and Honoree of the Commemoration and Homecoming Celebrations of the University of the West Indies. The National Institute of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology (NIHERST) awarded DeLeon the Caribbean Women in Science Medal in 2011 and President Barack Obama presented her with the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 2012.

Geneticist Patricia A. DeLeon was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 27, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Patricia DeLeon's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Patricia DeLeon lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Patricia DeLeon describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her mother's life in Jamaica
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Patricia DeLeon describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her father and his entrepreneurship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her parents' education, and the Jamaican regional dialect, Patois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Patricia DeLeon talks about how her parents met and married
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Patricia DeLeon talks about the social hierarchy in Jamaica while she was growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Patricia DeLeon talks about nature in Jamaica and how it influenced her interest in science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Patricia DeLeon describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Jamaica
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Patricia DeLeon describes her experience in infant school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Patricia DeLeon describes her experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Patricia DeLeon describes her experience in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Patricia DeLeon talks about the teachers who influenced her in school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Patricia DeLeon talks about the schools that she attended in Jamaica
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her biology teacher, Errol Miller, at Excelsior School in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her experience in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her extracurricular activities and graduating from high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Patricia DeLeon talks about talking to her school principal to reduce her tuition
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Patricia DeLeon talks about convincing her school principal to reduce her tuition and her trips home from school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Patricia DeLeon talks about attending the University of West Indies to pursue studies in chemistry, botany and zoology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Patricia DeLeon recalls President John F. Kennedy's assassination, and talks about Jamaicans' relationship with the U.S.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Patricia DeLeon talks about the mentorship from Professor Ivan Goodbody at the University of the West Indies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her undergraduate research experience at the University of the West Indies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Patricia DeLeon talks about Jamaica's independence in 1962, and the political leaders at the time
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her studies at the University of West Indies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Patricia DeLeon describes her decision to work as a research associate and pursue her master's degree at the University of the West Indies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Patricia DeLeon describes her master's degree research on the effects of cannabis on chromosomes, and the publication of her findings
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Patricia DeLeon talks about the implications of her master's degree research, and the effects of cigarette smoking on fetal development
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her decision to attend the University of Western Ontario to pursue her Ph.D. degree
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her studies on the effect of plant toxins on chromosomes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her doctoral dissertation research on chromosomal abnormalities caused by aged sperm - part one
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her doctoral dissertation research on chromosomal abnormalities caused by aged sperm - part two
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her postdoctoral experience in molecular biology at McGill University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her close relationship with her sister
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Patricia DeLeon talks about living on campus while pursuing her Ph.D. degree at the University of Western Ontario
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Patricia DeLeon talks about getting married in 1971
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Patricia DeLeon describes her recruitment to the faculty of the University of Delaware in 1976
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her initial funding for her research on spermatogenesis at the University of Delaware
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Patricia DeLeon talks about applying for tenure at the University of Delaware in 1980
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Patricia DeLeon describes her promotion to full professorship in 1990
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Patricia DeLeon talks about the lack of diversity on the science faculty at the University of Delaware
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Patricia DeLeon describes her laboratory's research on the SPAM1 protein, and its role in facilitating the fertilization by sperm
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Patricia DeLeon describes the impact of her findings about the role of SPAM-1 in fertilization by sperm
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her transition from chromosomal biology to molecular biology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her recognition in the field of andrology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Patricia DeLeon describes the potential applications of her research in the treatment of male infertility
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Patricia DeLeon talks about spending a year as a visiting scientist at Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her scientific publications
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her involvement in the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program at the University of Delaware
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Patricia DeLeon describes her research on the Junctional Adhesion Molecule A (JAM-A) protein in sperm motility
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Patricia DeLeon talks about receiving the NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Mentoring
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Patricia DeLeon talks being recognized by her alma maters in the Caribbean and in Canada
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Patricia DeLeon talks about the students whom she has mentored
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Patricia DeLeon talks about the division of her teaching and research responsibilities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Patricia DeLeon talks about becoming the Trustees Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Patricia DeLeon talks about the funding for her research and her efforts to apply her research towards viable treatments for infertility
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Patricia DeLeon reflects upon her career and her choices
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Patricia DeLeon reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Patricia DeLeon describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community today
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Patricia DeLeon talks about her service roles and work-related travel
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Patricia DeLeon reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Patricia DeLeon describes her photographs