Staff profile: Dr Katherine Martin

Staff profile: Dr Katherine Martin

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March 2020

Dr Katherine Martin
Dr Katherine Martin is working on improving the health
outcomes of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Dr Katherine Martin
Postdoctoral fellow

Describe your job… My project focuses on finding ways to control a type of immune cell in the blood called neutrophils in order to reduce the amount of damage they can inflict in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Why do you enjoy what you do?

I have a very curious nature, so I love that my job involves coming up with theories about how things work and then finding ways to prove or, more often than not, disprove those theories with experiments.

What is your favourite thing about the Institute’s culture? I am impressed with the vast array of cutting-edge technologies the Institute has at its disposal. Not only do I have access to these advanced technologies and the latest equipment, the Institute also provides the support and expertise needed to access them. This means there are very few limits on the science I can do here.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I play touch football and will be representing Victoria at the national championships in March. I am a very proud Victorian, so I feel honoured to play for my state.

What life event has really shaped who you are today? In 2013 I moved to Paris for a postdoc position at the Institut Cochin. It was a really terrifying experience because I didn’t speak French and I didn’t know anyone, but it turned out to be a great adventure.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020? I am really excited that one of my projects is nearing completion and almost ready to be submitted for publication. Obviously it is only the first step in a long journey to get this data published, but it still feels like a great achievement when you put all your data together to make a story.

 

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