Seamus J. Martin

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Seamus Martin is Smurfit Professor of Medical Genetics at Trinity College Dublin. He has an international reputation in the field of programmed cell death and is one of the most highly cited scientists in the world on this topic (>13,000 citations to date). The Martin lab has particular interest in the role of caspases and granzymes in apoptosis, the role of Bcl-2 family proteins as regulators of mitochondrial events in apoptosis as well as mitochondrial morphogenesis in healthy cells. His lab is also very interested in the role of inflammatory caspases and how their substrates contribute to immune responses and they are also carrying out research on danger signals that are released from dead or dying cells. Seamus Martin is a PhD graduate of The National University of Ireland (1990) and has held post-doctoral fellowships at University College London, UK (with Prof. Ivan Roitt), and The University of California, San Diego, USA (with Prof. Doug Green). He is a co-author of the 11th edition of the best-selling Immunology textbook ‘Roitt’s Essential Immunology’ and is a senior editor of the Journal ‘Cell Death & Differentiation’. He has received several prestigious national and international awards for his research including; Wellcome Trust International (1994) and Senior Fellow Awards (1996), Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator Award (2002), The BA Charles Darwin Award (2005), and The GlaxoSmithKline Award of The Biochemical Society UK (2006). He was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 2006.

Biography Updated on 20 September 2010

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