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.