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Dr Naomi Martin

Job: Lecturer in Biomedical and Medical Science

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Allied Health Sciences

Address: The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0) 116 201 3949



Personal profile

Dr Martin is a Lecturer in Biomedical and Medical Science in the School of Allied Health Sciences.

Dr Martin is an experienced molecular and cellular immunologist, and an expert in flow cytometry. She has worked in academia and industry, and has a professional teaching qualification.

Dr Martin gained her undergraduate degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Sheffield. She worked as a researcher at the world-renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital before returning to the University of Sheffield to complete a PhD in Neonatal Immunology. Dr Martin then went on to research the responses of the immune system to bacterial and parasitic infections at the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and Leicester. She was awarded a Wellcome Value in People Fellowship, and then taught in Higher and Further Education, gaining a PGCE. Dr Martin worked as a scientific researcher in industry before returning to academia.

Dr Martin's current research focuses on the molecular mechanisms involved in the immunosenescence associated with diseases (such as kidney disease, cancer and obesity) and ageing, and how exercise may reverse this. She has research collaborations with Loughborough University, the University of Leicester, Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General Hospital. Dr Martin is researching the effects of the immune system on healthy and diseased muscle, the benefits of exercise on the immune system in the elderly, the effects of the immune system and exercise on the proliferation of cancer, and the role of the immune system in respiratory diseases.  

Research group affiliations

Biomedical and Environmental Health Group

Research interests/expertise

Cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in immunosenescence

Effects of exercise on markers of immune function and inflammation

Effects of exercises on the immune system in diseases states and in elderly

Role of the immune system in respiratory diseases


Flow cytometry

Areas of teaching


Inflammation and Immunobiology

Histopathology and Cytopathology


Advanced Pathophysiology and Diagnostics


BSc Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Sheffield

PhD in Immunology, University of Sheffield

Post Graduate Certificate in post-compulsory Education, University of Bedfordshire

Courses taught

Biomedical Science BSc

Medical Science (BMedSci)

Dr Martin is an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Leicester, and teaches on the MSc Infection and Immunity course at the University of Leicester and the MSc Immunity and Exercise Physiology course at Loughborough University. She also assesses project dissertations for both of these courses and for the BSc Physiology at Loughborough University.

Honours and awards

Wellcome Value In People Fellowship award 2008

The impact of lectin pathway-mediated ischaemia-reperfusion injury in Chagas' disease-induced autoimmune myocarditis

Membership of external committees

M5 Universities Flow Cytometry Group - De Montfort University representative

Membership of professional associations and societies

British Society for Immunology

The Institute for Learning

International Society of Exercise and Immunology

Flow Cytometry UK

Dr Martin is a Review Editor for Molecular Innate Immunity of Frontiers in Immunology

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