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Martin studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and graduated with a first class degree in 1993. He stayed on in Cambridge for his graduate studies in the Department of Biochemistry working with Alison Baker investigating protein targeting to plant peroxisomes. After obtaining his PhD in 1997 he moved to the ZMBH at the University of Heidelberg working as an EU-funded post-doctoral research fellow with Bernhard Dobberstein studying protein targeting to the endoplasmic reticulum. In 2003 Martin moved to Manchester as a new lecturer and established an independent reserach group. He was promoted to senior lecturer in 2011 and since 2012 has been the director for the BSc Biochemistry degree programmes.


Research interests

Regulating the fate of newly-synthesized proteins

Proteins are synthesized in cells by large complex molecular machines termed ribosomes. Whilst ‘nascent proteins’ are still being made by the ribosome, they already engage with factors which ensure they fold correctly and/or are targeted to specific locations within the cell (eg. endoplasmic reticulum/secretion, mitochondria or plastids). If this process goes wrong, this can lead to production of misfolded proteins and/or the mislocalization of proteins, which is frequently associated with disease, exemplified by cystic fibrosis.

Our work focuses upon investigating how the factors which regulate these processes interact with nascent proteins on the ribosome, to ensure the each nascent protein interacts with the correct processing factors at the correct time. 

We utilise information from genetic, biochemical and structural approaches to address these questions. We employ both mammalian-derived in vitro assays and yeast as a genetically-tractable model system. 


Current Projects


Control of Factor Recruitment to the Ribosomal Exit Site

A plethora of factors are now know to be recruited to the ribosome to determine folding, processing and sub-cellular targeting of nascent chains. Many of these factors appear to bind to identical or overlapping sites close to where the nascent polypeptide chain emerges from the large ribosomal subunit (the exit site). We are trying to understand how recruitment of factors to the exit site is regulated to prevent a ‘traffic jam’ of factors leading to defective or inefficient processing of nascent chains. 


 N-terminal processing and ER protein translocation

We have recently found that N-terminal processing of nascent chains by Methionine aminopeptidase and N-acetyl transferases, though commonplace for cytosolic proteins, rarely occurs on secretory proteins. Moreover,  we have shown that such modifications are incompatible with translocation of proteins into endoplasmic reticulum (ER), the entry point to the secretory pathway. We are currently exploring the functional significance and molecular mechanism of this inhibition to gain further insight into the cellular roles of protein N-acetylation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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