Eugenia Del Pino

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Eugenia M. del Pino
Born (1945-04-19) April 19, 1945 (age 69)
Quito, Ecuador
Residence Quito, Ecuador
Nationality Ecuador
Fields Developmental Biology, Cell biology.
Institutions Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador), Quito.
Alma mater Emory University (PhD)
Vassar College (MS)
Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (Licenciatura).
Doctoral advisor Asa A. Humphries, Jr.
Known for Embryonic development of the marsupial frogs Hemiphractidae and poison arrow frogs Dendrobatidae in comparison with other tropical frogs.
Notable awards L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science
"Premio Nacional Eugenio Espejo" awarded by the Government of Ecuador.

Eugenia Maria del Pino Veintimilla (born 1945, Quito, Ecuador) is a developmental biologist at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador (Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador) in Quito. She was the first Ecuadorian citizen to be elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences (2006).


Del Pino was born, and grew up in Quito, Ecuador. She received a Licentiate Degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador,Quito 1967. She then studied in the United States of America and holds a M.Sc. Vassar College, 1969, and a Ph.D. Emory University, 1972. Upon completion of the doctorate she returned to Ecuador and joined the faculty the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito. She is professor of Biology since 1972–present. She served as Head of Biological Sciences, from 1973-1975. With a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation she did research at the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, 1984-1985. She was Fulbright Fellow at the laboratory of Prof. Joseph Gall, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1990.

Research and Career[edit]

At her return to Ecuador after her doctoral studies, she chose a local frog for study, the Andean marsupial frog, Gastrotheca riobambae, that then occurred in the gardens of the university in Quito. She studied the reproductive and developmental adaptations of this frog in comparison with other tropical frogs, and the frog Xenopus laevis, a frog widely used for developmental studies.[1] Her comparative studies added greatly to our understanding of the relationship between evolution and embryonic development.[2] She combines research with teaching of Developmental Biology in Ecuador.[3]

Early in her career she became interested in education for conservation of the Galapagos Archipelago. She helped the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands in the establishment of a program of scholarships for Ecuadorian students in the Galapagos Islands.[4] She served as Vice President of the Charles Darwin Foundation for several years in the 1990s.

Her work for the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands and her position as the only Ecuadorian citizen to have achieved international recognition in science, have made her a figure of national importance in Ecuador.


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  1. ^ del Pino, E. M. Marsupial Frogs. Scientific American Volume 260. Number 5. Pages: 110-118 (May 1989)
  2. ^ 65. del Pino, E.M. The early development of Gastrotheca riobambae and Colostethus machalilla, frogs with terrestrial reproductive modes. BiosciEdNet (BEN) Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences. (2010).
  3. ^ del Pino, E. M. Teaching developmental biology in Ecuador: A 30-year journey. International Journal of Developmental Biology 47: 189-192 (2003). Available at
  4. ^ Annual Report 2009 of the Charles Darwin Foundation. Special issue, page 10. Available at
  5. ^ Eugenia Maria del Pino Veintimilla. 2003 Sheth Distinguished International Alumnae Award. Emory University International. Available at
  6. ^ "Premio Nacional Eugenio Espejo" (in Spanish). p. 
  7. ^ "Consejo Nacional de Cultura" (in Spanish). p. 
  8. ^ "Camara de Comercio de Quito" (in Spanish). p.