Trustees Distinguished Professor, Biology

Faculty Scholar, Center for the Study of Diversity

University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716


Patricia A. DeLeon is Trustees Distinguished Professor in Biological Sciences where her research focuses on reproductive genetics, specifically genes involved in sperm development and function (funded by the NIH and the NSF). With an interest in diversity in the STEM field, she mentors graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and undergraduates with senior theses. She served as a member of the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (1992-1996), NIH Study Sections, an NSF Review Panelist, and on the Executive Council of the American Society of Andrology (ASA) where she was recognized for her scientific contributions to Andrology in 2006. Recently, she completed a term as President of Women in Andrology and currently serves as a member of ASA Diversity Committee. Also at UD, she has chaired the Women’s Studies Faculty Research Awards Committee and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering). Nationally known for her efforts in mentoring women and minorities, she is a 2007 recipient of the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).