Welsh Crucible 2011
Martina obtained her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Hamburg, Germany. After postdoctoral years at Stockholm University (Sweden) and first steps in academia at Göteborg University (Sweden), she received the Docent degree in Organic Chemistry from Göteborg University in September 2005. After a year in the Arrhenius Laboratory at Stockholm University focussing on research, Martina joined Bangor University in September 2007 where she is currently working as Senior lecturer in Organic Chemistry. Martina’s main research interest is in synthetic carbohydrate chemistry in the wider context of glycobiology and biological chemistry. Inhibition of bacterial adhesion as an alternative approach to challenge antibiotic resistance, synthetic carbohydrate based vaccines, and biocompatible medical devices represent some possible applications. Her multidisciplinary research is interlinked with a number of research groups and industrial partners. In her spare time Martina enjoys playing the violin and hardly misses an opportunity to tell about the beauty and usefulness of chemistry in everyday life.