Junior Research Fellow
Department of Chemistry
DPhil (Oxon), BSc (Lebanese American University)
Dr Martine Abboud is a Junior Research Fellow in Chemical Biology at the Department of Chemistry. Her research lies at the interface of biology, chemistry and biophysics, and has led to novel method development and advances in three different areas of scientific research. These include antibiotic resistance, oxygen sensing, and metabolic alterations involved in cancer.
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 2013, she joined St John’s College, Oxford, for her doctoral studies, as Sir Hans Krebs Memorial Scholar, Biochemical Society, London. She completed her DPhil in the Chemistry Research Laboratory under the supervision and guidance of Professor Christopher Schofield, FRS, and Professor Timothy Claridge, Head of NMR Facility.
Her work has led to the development of novel applications of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) which enabled studying proteins and their interactions. Her research provided interesting mechanistic insights into the β-lactamases which are involved in antimicrobial resistance. She has been an active science communicator on this front and is interested in enabling science, community, and policy to combat antimicrobial resistance. Her work has also provided interesting information about the oxygen sensing response. This work informed on the potential manipulation of oxygen delivery in cancer and anaemia. She is currently helping co-supervise students and is interested in the metabolic enzymes involved in cancer.
Martine was awarded a Thesis Commendation from the Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Division, Oxford, for her doctoral studies. Throughout the years, she has won several prestigious awards (from both academia and industry) among them are a Pfizer-sponsored award in the doctoral poster symposium in 2015 and a Hans Neurath Outstanding Promise Travel Award from the Protein Society, USA. She was selected to represent the University of Oxford at the 68th Lindau-Nobel Laureates Meeting, received the first ever Eddy Fischer Lindau Fellowship from the Vallee Foundation, and was selected as a leading young scientist by Baden-Württemberg International. In 2018, Martine was named a Future Leader by the American Chemical Society CAS SciFinder® programme. In recognition of her work and her public outreach efforts, she was selected by IUPAC to represent an element, Cerium, in the periodic table of younger chemists in celebrations of 150 years of the periodic table of chemical elements.
Martine was named on the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list of the most impressive individuals under 30 in Europe. Her work to date has been presented at several international conferences and described in over 30 publications. Martine is an active science communicator, event organiser, and writer. She can be found on Twitter @MartineAbboud