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Martina Castellion

Martina Castellion

Research Manager, Seed Health and Logistics Unit, Rice Breeding Innovations


Martina leads and provides strategic direction to the Seed Health Unit, including operational excellence, innovation, and  communicating with customers.

She ensures the Institute's compliance with national legal and regulatory framework and international agreements related, but not limited, to plant quarantine, seed quality, biosafety,  intellectual property rights, access and benefit sharing of genetic resources, and transboundary movement of living modified organisms. Martina is a scientific member and chairperson of the IRRI  Institute Biosafety Committees (IBC) for the Department of Science and Technology-BC and Department of Agriculture-BC in the Philippines.

Martina was formerly a research fellow of the national council of research and technology (CONICET) and at the Institute of Biological Resources at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (IRB-INTA) and assistant professor at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. She then moved to the private sector and held the role of Biological Material Movement Coordinator for LATAM at seed, biotechnology, and crop protection top multinational companies, and specialized in transboundary movement of biological materials and seed and LMO regulatory affairs.

Martina holds a Bachelor degree in Biology specialized in plant systematics, morphology, and physiology  and a Doctorate in Seed Conservation from the University of Buenos Aires.