Junior Research Fellow wins prestigious Fellowship

11 April 2018

Dr. Martine Abboud, Kellogg Junior Research Fellow, is the first recipient of the Eddy Fischer Lindau Fellowship by the Vallee Foundation.

Thirty Nobel Laureates convene in Lindau annually to meet the next generation of leading scientists: 500-600 undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings foster the exchange among scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines. The Eddy Fischer Lindau Fellowship enables Martine to travel to Lindau as a participant. The Vallee Foundation was established in 1996 by Bert and Kuggie Vallee to foster originality, creativity, and leadership within biomedical scientific research and medical education. With the fellowship, the Vallee Foundation honours the Nobel Laureate Edmond H. Fischer.

Dr. Abboud is thrilled about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity:

“I would like to genuinely thank the Vallee Foundation. The Lindau Meeting will be a brainstorming session that will definitely widen my perspective and help me to grow and develop as a scientist. I aspire to meaningfully contribute to the society and would cherish the opportunity to meet with my role models in the field and other fellow young scientists.”

Martine is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Chemical Biology at the Department of Chemistry. Her DPhil work focused on the use of a wide range of ligand-observe and protein-observe NMR techniques, and other biophysical methods, to study two general classes of enzymes – the 2-oxoglutarate-dependent dioxygenases and the metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs) which are involved in the hypoxic response and antimicrobial resistance, respectively. Her work provided interesting information about the substrate selectivity of the dioxygenases and mechanistic insights into the MBLs. She is currently interested in the metabolic enzymes involved in cancer and tuberculosis, which share similarities, and the penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) which are involved in bacterial cell wall biosynthesis and antibiotic resistance.

Martine completed her undergraduate studies at the Lebanese American University, Lebanon, where she received the President’s Award for academic excellence and leadership skills. In November 2013, she came to St John’s College, Oxford, as Sir Hans Krebs Memorial Scholar, Biochemical Society.

You can follow her on Twitter @MartineAbboud