Martine Abboud

Junior Research Fellow

Postdoctoral Researcher in Chemical Biology

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 doctoral work focused on the use of a wide range of ligand- and protein-observed biophysical and biochemical 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 interested in enabling science, community, and policy to combat antimicrobial resistance and is pursuing work on the metabolic enzymes 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 November 2013, she came to St John’s College, Oxford, as Sir Hans Krebs Memorial Scholar, Biochemical Society, London. She has undertaken her doctoral research in the Chemistry Research Laboratory under the supervision and guidance of Professor Christopher Schofield, FRS, and Professor Timothy Claridge, Head of NMR Facility.

In February 2017, she was awarded a Thesis Commendation from the Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Division, Oxford. She 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. In 2018, 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 May 2018, Martine was named a Future Leader by the American Chemical Society CAS SciFinder® programme. Her work to date has been presented at several international conferences and described in over 20 publications.

Martine is an active science communicator, event organiser, and writer. She can be found on Twitter @MartineAbboud