Fellow:Thalía Marycielo Leyton Reto

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Thalía Marycielo Leyton Reto
School (Cohort)
Universidad de Ingenieria & Tecnologia (2020 cohort)
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Thalía is a Bioengineering Junior at UTEC and was born and raised in a town in Piura, Peru. At the age of 13, she was selected as one of the top students in her region to study 3 years at COAR Piura, a highly selective boarding school in her country. During her last year at school, she was awarded a scholarship to study at UTEC, in Lima. All the opportunities she was granted so far have led her to share her knowledge with those less fortunate. For that reason, she works to empower women and girls from her birthplace, democratize life sciences, and improve education in her country.

Moreover, she is a volunteer for social programs that follow the same objective as her, such as Q’omer Kallpa, Asiry, Girl Up and recently she has founded Colaneñas. At her university, Thalía is part of two research projects related to two topics she loves: Synthetic biology and Tissue engineering. With these projects, her team seeks to improve the health of people with burn injuries and those who suffer from osteo-degenerative diseases, respectively.

On the other hand, she is the vicepresident of BioUTEC, a biohacker space whose purpose is to democratize biotechnology inside and outside UTEC. She has also provided academic support to undergraduate UTEC students at academic risk in Chemistry through the PARA Program, a program designed by the Welfare Department at her university.

Thalía considers herself as a caring, creative, and responsible person. Besides engineering, she enjoys painting with watercolors, riding her bike, and eating soups. Likewise, she has an immense passion for promoting bioeconomy as a development model in her country and Latin America, as well as creating new strategies to reach more people interested in Biotechnology through BioUTEC. These are some of the reasons why she has been recently chosen as one of the 100 most outstanding young leaders in Biotechnology in Latin America to attend the Allbiotech 2021 summit in Argentina.

In the long term, she would like to improve her Yoga skills to manage her stress during difficult times like the ones we are currently experiencing.


  • Top 100 Young Leaders in Biotechnology at Latin America (Allbiotech, 2020)
  • Colaneñas founder (2020 - present)
  • BioUTEC vicepresident (2020 - present)
  • Accepted into the BME Alliance Virtual Summer Internship offered by Cleveland Clinic and CWRU (2020)
  • Accepted into the Serendipity: Mentorship in Science Program (2020-1 Cohort)
  • iGEM UTEC member (2019 - present)
  • Academic PARA mentor (2019-1)
  • UTEC Full-ride Scholarship winner (2018 - present)

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