Clift Martin

Clift Martin

AMI Alumni, BioNanomaterials
From 2011 to 2015
New affiliation:
Swansea University

Growing up in Perthshire, Scotland, Martin showed a keen interest in biology from an early age. Along with the desire to constantly be active, Martin began his undergraduate degree in 2000, enrolling in the discipline of Sport and Exercise Science at Napier University, Edinburgh. Before graduating with first class honours in 2004, Martin had already begun to get a sense for immunology, toxicology and molecular biology through his activities in his final year research projects. This manifested itself further with the opportunity to study for a PhD in nanotoxicology under the guidance of Professor Vicki Stone. Martin graduated with his PhD from Edinburgh Napier University in 2008 and immediately moved to Switzerland to embark upon his first post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Professor Peter Gehr at the University of Berne. During this period, Martin formed a productive collaboration with Dr. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser. In 2010, after the retirement of Prof. Gehr, Martin has continued his collaboration with the Rothen-Rutishauser group, now being a senior researcher in the BioNanomaterials group at the Adolphe Merkle Institute under the guidance of Professor Rothen-Rutishauser and her co-chair, Professor Alke Petri-Fink. Martin is predominantly interested in the effects that nano-objects may elicit upon the cellular signaling pathways within mammalian and pro-karyotic cells, although he is also a keen investigator of the key screening strategies of nano-objects regarding their inherent safety when intentionally used within a range of applications. His constant thirst for further knowledge regarding the immunological and genotoxicological aspects of nano-objects is a further highlight of his research interests, together with a new motivation to form novel bionanomaterials that could promote the advantages of nano-objects/nanomaterials whilst concomitantly reducing their potential risk towards human health. Since 2006, Martin has contributed to over 50 scientific manuscripts, including numerous original articles, extensive reviews and book chapters in the field of nanotoxicology. In addition, Martin acts as a reviewer for a range of high-impact journals and is an editorial board member for the journals ‘Particle and Fibre Toxicology’, ‘Fibres’ and ‘Journal of Translational Toxicology’. Furthermore, Martin reviews for different national and international funding bodies, regularly attends both national and international conferences within the field, and lectures to post-graduate students on the topic of nanotoxicology.

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