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Nationality  British

Name  Cathie Martin
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Institutions  John Innes Centre, Norwich
Education  University of Cambridge

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Catherine Rosemary Martin MBE (born April 1955) is a Professor of Plant Sciences at the University of East Anglia and project leader at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, co-ordinating research into the relationship between diet and health and how crops can be fortified to improve diets and address escalating chronic disease globally.



Martin received a First Class Honours degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. She then went on to obtain her PhD in Biochemistry in 1981.

Research and career

Her research has included work on blood oranges, and purple, high anthocyanin tomatoes.

After a period as a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge she moved to the John Innes Centre's Department of Genetics in 1983. She was the first to identify genes which regulated cell shape in plants.

In recent years, Cathie's research has focused on diet and health, researching how crops can be fortified to combat chronic disease across the world. This research has focused on plants which contain natural chemical compounds, which can be seen as 'natural medicines'. Examples include work researching blood oranges, and high-anthocyanin purple tomatoes.

With Liam Dolan, Alison Mary Smith, George Coupland, Nicholas Harberd, Jonathan D. G. Jones, Robert Sablowski and Abigail Amey she is a co-author of the textbook Plant Biology.

She is the editor-in-chief of The Plant Cell, and is the first woman and first non-American to hold this post. She holds seven patents and co-founded the corporate spin-off company Norfolk Plant Sciences with Jonathan Jones FRS, to bring the benefits of plant biotechnology to Europe and the United States.

Awards and honours

Martin was appointed MBE in the 2013 Birthday Honours for "services to plant biotechnology" and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)'s Most Promising Innovator 2014. Cathie's research into Purple Tomatoes gained her and Dr Eugenio Butelli BBSRC's Most Promising Innovator award in 2014. She has also been recognised by:

  • SEB President's Medal, 1990
  • Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2012
  • Member of the Order of the British Empire, 2013
  • BBSRC Most Promising Innovator, 2014
  • References

    Cathie Martin Wikipedia