Martha Nash
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Martha Nash

Research Associate

School of Biomedical Sciences (Faculty of Health)

Biography

Biography

I am the administrator for The Antibiotic Discovery Accelerator Network (ABX). Established in 2019 at the University of Plymouth, the ABX network is an initiative led by early career researchers working on the very first steps of antibiotic discovery. The aim is to bring together researchers in the field to identify gaps in the antibiotics discovery pipeline and provide solutions to the bottlenecks that impede the discovery of novel compounds. The network has hosted two national meetings comprising over 100 researcher attendees in total, resulting in fruitful collaborations and funding grants. For more information please visit the ABX website: www.antibioticdiscovery.com


My academic background comprises remote scientific field research across a range of environments. My previous role as a large mammal scientist with Operation Wallacea involved expeditions in the cloud forest of Cusuco National Park, Honduras, non-invasively monitoring large mammal activity using motion sensitive camera traps. My role was leading students in the field, organising the data collection and collation with corresponding teams, leading to status reports of the area.

My undergraduate degree in BSc (Hons) International Wildlife Biology at the University of South Wales provided the necessary field survey techniques across terrestrial and marine environments. My dissertation fieldwork in Queensland evolved into a lab based project, developing a new DNA extraction technique to study the molecular ecology of the Bennett’s tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus bennettianus). My interest in molecular ecology and microbiology led in the first instance to my current role, which has included carrying out lab research alongside my administrative role, with the focus on natural products of the Upton lab group being of particular interest.

This is a part time role. I also work part time as a specialist mentor student support worker.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) International Wildlife Biology - University of South Wales

Professional membership

Member of the Microbiology Society

Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

My previous role as a large mammal scientist with Operation Wallacea involved expeditions in the cloud forest of Cusuco National Park, Honduras, non-invasively monitoring large mammal activity using motion sensitive camera traps. My role was leading students in the field, organising the data collection and collation with corresponding teams, leading to status reports of the area.

I also work part time as a specialist mentor student support worker.


Research

Research

Research interests

My research interests include remote non-invasive scientific field research, expedition based conservation projects, and more currently lab based microbiology research and networking.