Professor Jennifer Martin is the 2023 recipient of the Ralph Slatyer Medal. Professor Martin is recognised internationally for her pioneering research in protein crystallography, a branch of structural biology that seeks to understand how biological machines operate. She studies disease-causing proteins in order to design new drugs to combat disease.
Professor Jennifer L. Martin AC FAA (Jenny) was the University of Wollongong (UOW) Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) from 2019 to 2022. Prior to that role, Jenny enjoyed a 25-year career at the University of Queensland (supported by four nationally competitive research fellowships including an inaugural ARC Laureate Fellowship) and at Griffith University as Director of the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery. Professor Martin is recogised internationally for her pioneering research in protein crystallography, a branch of structural biology that seeks to understand how biological machines operate. She studies disease-causing proteins in order to design new drugs to combat disease.
In 2018, Professor Martin was awarded the highest civilian honour in Australia, Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, “for eminent service to science, and to scientific research, particularly in the field of biochemistry and protein crystallography applied to drug-resistant bacteria, as a role model, and as an advocate for gender equality in science”. Professor Martin was President of the Asian Crystallograpic Association from 2016-2019. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee for the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), chairs the IUCr Gender Equity and Diversity Committee, and chairs the Advisory Committee to the Worldwide Protein Data Bank. Jenny was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2017 and was a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Steering Committee, which established the Athena SWAN pilot to address gender equity in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.