Herrera Martinez is founder and director general of the Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Cuba. After his postgraduate studies at the Natl. Centre for Scientific Research, Havana, and Fac. Orsay, Paris, he obtained his PhD at the Institute of Microbiology, Czechoslovakia. He completed postdoctoral work at the Center of Molecular Genetics, Gift Sur Ivette (Paris), Molecular Biology Institute (Zurich), Institute Pasteur (Paris), and Fairchild Biochemical Laboratories, Harvard. His honours include: 250th Anniversary Medal, Havana Univ.; National Award in Sciences Carlos J. Finlay Order, Cuba; and Emeritus Researcher, Ministry for Science, Technology and Environment, Cuba. He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and the Cuban Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and other scientific associations.