Lecturer in Clinical Microbiology
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After completing his degree in Bacteriology and Genetics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, he worked for several years as a Biomedical Scientist in the large microbiology labs at Leicester Royal Infirmary. During this time, he became a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences. Martin then moved to the Genetics Department at Leicester University where he studied for a PhD in bacterial molecular genetics. As a post-doc, he studied the regulation of virulence in enteropathogenic Eschericia coli using newly learned molecular biology skills to take the bacteria to pieces and put them back together again to see how they work.
Martin eventually left Leicester University and became a senior research scientist at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich (now called the Quadram institute) where he learned how to use microarrays to study the expression of every gene in a cell at a given time. This immensely powerful tool enabled Martin to see how different sets of genes respond to changes in an organisms' environment eg temperature, pH, addition of a drug, effect of a mutation etc. Microarray was used to study gene expression in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. Martin then moved to the University of Birmingham where he used microarray to study differences in responses to environmental stresses in a harmless lab strain of E. coli and the potentially lethal enterohaemorrhagic E. coli.
Because of Martin’s interest in food-borne pathogens, he became a lecturer in Food Microbiology and Safety at the University of Birmingham before moving to Nottingham Trent University to become a Lecturer in Microbiology, teaching many different facets of microbiology. He briefly taught Pharmaceutical Microbiology at the University of Wolverhampton before moving to Birmingham City University.
Martin’s main interests are:
- Antibiotic Resistance and the discovery of novel antimicrobial compounds
- Bacterial gene regulation and the complex mechanisms used to integrate the different signals
- Virulence mechanisms in pathogens
- Food safety and microbiology
- The human microbiome in health and disease