Mariel Vázquez

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Mariel Vázquez
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Nationality Mexican
Alma mater Florida State University
Known for Research in DNA topology
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics, Biology
Institutions University of California, Davis
Doctoral advisor De Witt Sumners

Mariel Vázquez is a Mexican mathematical biologist who specializes in the topology of DNA. She is a professor at the University of California, Davis, jointly affiliated with the departments of mathematics and of microbiology and molecular genetics.[1]


Vázquez received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1995. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from Florida State University in 2000.[1] Her dissertation was entitled Tangle Analysis of Site-specific Recombination: Gin and Xer Systems and her advisor was De Witt Sumners.[2]


Vázquez was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley from 2000 to 2005, where she researched mathematical and biophysical models of DNA repair in human cells with Rainer Sachs as part of the mathematical radiobiology group.[3] She was a faculty member in the mathematics department at San Francisco State University from 2005 to 2014. In 2014, she joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis as a CAMPOS scholar.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2011, Vázquez received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to research topological mechanisms of DNA unlinking.[5] In 2012, she was the first San Francisco State University faculty member to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.[6] She received a grant for computer analysis of DNA unknotting from the National Institutes of Health in 2013.[7] In 2016, she was chosen for the Blackwell-Tapia prize, which is awarded every other year to a mathematician who has made significant research contributions in their field, and who has worked to address the problem of under-representation of minority groups in mathematics.[8] She was selected for the inaugural class of Association for Women in Mathematics fellows in 2017.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Mariel Vazquez". UC Davis College of Biological Sciences. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Mariel Elena Vazquez". Mathematics Genealogy Project. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Mariel Vazquez - Research". UC Davis. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Personal Profile of Mariel Vazquez". MSRI. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  5. ^ "CAREER: Topological mechanism of DNA unlinking by the XerCD-FtsK system". National Science Foundation. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Vazquez receives presidential honor at Smithsonian, White House". SF State News. August 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Computer Analysis of DNA Unknotting by Topoisomerase (pilot)". Grantome. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Vazquez to Receive 2016 Blackwell-Tapia Prize". NIMBioS. 13 April 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  9. ^ "AWM Fellows". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 14 January 2018.

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