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Prof Andrew Martin
Stuctural & Molecular Biology, Darwin Building
UCL, Gower St
Tel: 0207 679 7034
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  • Professor of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Structural & Molecular Biology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

I obtained my first degree in Biochemistry from Christ Church, Oxford where I did my research project with Peter Goodford working on his GRID program - one of the first methods for computational drug design; this inspired my interest in computational biology and bioinformatics. I stayed in Oxford to do my D.Phil with Tony Rees and developed the first automated program for modelling antibodies. This was later commercialized by Oxford Molecular (OML).

After a brief stint with Willie Taylor at NIMR, I became self-employed, helping OML with commercialization of my software, and writing other scientific software including for the National Grid Company and Bradwell Nuclear Power Station. I then spent two months working at the DKfz in Heidelberg before joining Janet Thornton's group at UCL. I then became a temporary lecturer at UCL seconded 4 days a week to a spinout company, Inpharmatica, before moving to the University of Reading as a lecturer in 1999 and returning to UCL in 2004.

I have acted as a consultant to pharmaceutical companies and as an advisor or expert witness in several patent disputes. In 2016 I joined the World Health Organization International Nonproprietary Names committee as an advisor on naming and annotation of antibody-based drugs.

Research Summary

My main interests are in bioinformatics and computational biology. In particular, I work on (1) sequence, structure and function of antibodies, (2) the effects of mutation on protein structure and function, (3) protein modelling, (4) software development for Bioinformatics.

Teaching Summary

I give first year tutorials on experimental biochemistry and second year tutorials on protein structure. I give introductory bioinformatics lectures to second year students as well as lectures on protein energetics, protein folding and antibody structure. I teach extensively on the third year bioinformatics module and on the Birkbeck/UCL Bioinformatics MSc. I teach bioinformatics for drug design, antibody structure and patent issues on the MSc in drug design. I am also coordinator for Transitions and Peer Assisted Learning in the department and  teach session on programming and on patents and intellectual property as part of core modules.

01-OCT-2018 Professor of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Structural and Molecular Biology UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2014 – 30-SEP-2018 Reader in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Structural and Molecular Biology UCL, United Kingdom
01-MAY-2005 – 30-SEP-2014 Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics Structural and Molecular Biology UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2004 – 30-APR-2005 Lecturer in Bioinformatics Biochemistry and Molecular Biology UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1990   Doctor of Philosophy University of Oxford
1986   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Oxford
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