Professor Jennifer L. Martin AC FAA

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), University of Wollongong


In a break from tradition, we are delighted to announce our 2020 Leach Lecturer ahead of the meeting - Professor Jennifer L. Martin the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) at the University of Wollongong.

The Leach Lecture recognizes scientists who have made an exceptional contribution to protein science including their role as advocates for the discipline, with a particular focus on Australian and New Zealand scientists. The award is named in honour of Syd Leach who was the driving force behind the founding of the Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function in 1976, which was the original Lorne-brand meeting that inspired our sister conferences on Genome, Proteomics, Cancer and Infection and Immunity.

Professor Martin is a renowned structural biologist who has made pioneering discoveries in the field of redox biology and drug discovery. She was the first to report a crystal structure of a DsbA oxidative protein folding catalyst and to identify the evolutionary link between thioredoxins and bacterial DsbAs.  In 2018 she 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”.