Martyn is British but with an international background involving growing up in the Netherlands, Brunei and the US. He graduated from the University of Exeter in 2016 with a BSc in Biochemistry with industrial experience. This included a year-long placement at the UK government Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science studying a phylum of parasites called the Paramxyea. During his time at Exeter he was involved with two projects using engineered bacteria: one to detect and degrade the explosive pollutants TNT and Nitroglycerine and the other to evaluate a potential biofuel producing series of enzymes. Martyn apparently likes microbes. This means Martyn is one of a minority of biologists within the CSCT 2016 cohort and he was attracted to the programme because of its interdisciplinary opportunities and underlying sustainability focus. In his spare time, Martyn enjoys the gym, cycling, stone carving, jazz and litres of tea.
- Metabolic engineering of Parageobacillus thermoglucosidasius for the sustainable production of isoprenoids and glycolic acid with Professor David Leak and Dr Tom Arnot; Industrial Partner: Corbion – PhD project
- BAY Biorefinery: Bacteria, Algae and Yeast working together with Dr Elias Martinez Hernandez, Dr Chris Chuck and Dr Marta Coma — 2nd MRes project
- Directed Evolution of Thermostable Terpene Synthases with Professor David Leak, Matthew Styles, Professor Steven Bull and Dr Marc Hutchby — 1st MRes project