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By Marina Banuet

My dream is to acquire scientific skills in one of the best universities in the world and to improve the public health of the country.

  • QUE, MX
  • Personal
  • Education
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Marina Banuet

About this project

My name is Marina Banuet Martínez, I am 27 years old, and I grew up in the beautiful city of Querétaro. Since I was little, I have been interested in two main areas: science and nature. I am a graduate of the Autonomous University of Querétaro, I graduated with honors from the Bachelor of Microbiology and the Master of Biological Sciences. Upon completing the master's degree, I received the Medal of Academic Merit as the best Master's average from the Faculty of Natural Sciences. In addition to academic activities, during college I represented the institution on the indoor and beach volleyball team, which allowed me to finance both degrees and proudly carry the name of the institution.

My research work since 2014, in the laboratory of Dr. Karina Acevedo Whitehouse (https://www.kacevedowhitehouselab.org/) has focused on analyzing the effect of environmental variations on the health of free-living populations, mainly in the California sea lion. Our work has resulted in publications in high-impact magazines, and presentations at national and international conferences.

"Leave the world in better condition than you found it" (R. Baden-Powel). Since I was four years old, I have been a member of the Asociación de Scouts de México, one of the largest movements in the world, whose main objective is to train people who use their knowledge and energy to help solve problems, make ethical decisions, and who are capable of to serve others in all circumstances. "He who does not live to serve does not serve to live" (T. de Calculta). My experience in this organization sowed an impetus to help create a better world, so in 2019 I entered the Querétaro Firefighters Academy with the sole intention of serving my community.

Upon completing the master's degree, I decided that I wanted to share my knowledge and experience (young but enthusiastic) with university students. For this reason, I entered the Universidad Anáhuac Querétaro as a teacher at the School of Health Sciences. My love and passion for the world of academia through teaching and research have been strengthened in recent years, and I realized that these are areas in which I can contribute by generating new knowledge to solve problems and transmitting experience to new generations. Because of this, I decided that I wanted to prepare more and gain experience in one of the best institutes in the world.

The health emergency of the current SARS-CoV2 pandemic allowed me to put my research skills and laboratory experience at the service of the population. In collaboration with the Autonomous University of Querétaro, I was part of the team of volunteers who carry out viral and antibody tests in the State of Querétaro. This emerging situation is a reminder of the importance of being prepared in the area of epidemiology, of having specialized professionals with the ability to solve this type of problem immediately, in addition to

I have been accepted by the School of Public Health of the University of Alberta in Canada, to do a Doctorate in Epidemiology, by Dr. Sherilee Harper (https://www.climatechangeandglobalhealth.com/projects). I am interested in understanding the effect that climate change has on the health of indigenous populations. Particularly, I am interested in knowing the dynamics of infectious diseases in unprotected populations, knowledge that will help solve global health problems (such as those we are experiencing this year). 


The University of Alberta has offered me a position as a research assistant with which I will be able to finance part of the doctorate. However, the initial registration fee for the first year is not covered ($ 10,000 USD). I had the support of my country to be able to finance my studies, through CONACYT. However, due to cuts in science and education, this was not possible. For this, I want to ask for your support in order to complete my registration payment.

Mexico is full of enthusiastic, creative and intelligent young people who deserve to be supported to exploit their potential. With your help I will be able to do my PhD at one of the best institutes in the world. I promise to share my experience with you, keep you informed of my progress, and mainly, I promise to go to Canada as an ambassador for all the good that our country is. My dream is to be able to help young people like me, wanting to prepare more each day, have enough support and thus, leave the world in better conditions than we found it.

Mexico DOES NEED scientists!

"Always ready to serve"