Prof. Francis L Martin

Chair in Biosciences, Biosciences Theme Lead

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

+44 (0) 1772 89 6482

Subject Areas: Biosciences, Health

Having joined UCLan in September 2016 as Biosciences theme lead within the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, I bring a diverse portfolio of research interests including genetic toxicology, bio-imaging and biospectroscopy. With >25 year experience in academia, I have published >195 original articles in leading peer-reviewed journals and my h-index is currently 36. In my spare time, I enjoy walking, photography, reading poetry, opera and playing with my daughter. 

Full Profile


  • University College, Dublin (1984 to 1987) Bachelor of Science degree (Industrial Microbiology, Pharmacology and Chemistry)
  • University of London (1988 to 1989) Master of Science degree (Experimental Pathology/Biochemical Toxicology)
  • University College London (1990 to 1994) Doctor of Philosophy degree


  • MRC Cyclotron Unit, Hammersmith hospital (1989 - 1990) Research Officer
  • The Institute of Cancer Research (1995-2001) Research Fellow
  • Department of Biological Sciences, Lancaster University (2001-2007) Lecturer
  • Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University (2007-2010) Senior Lecturer
  • Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University (2010-2016)
  • HEFCE-funded Chair in Biological Chemistry
  • Director of Centre for Biophotonics

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, UCLan (2016-present)

  • Chair in Biosciences
  • Biosciences theme lead



Halliwell, D.E., …. and Martin, F.L. (2016) Imaging cervical cytology with scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) coupled with an IR-FEL. Scientific Reports 6: 29494.

Butler, H.J., … and Martin, F.L. (2016) Using Raman spectroscopy to characterize biological materials. Nature Protocols 11: 664-687.

Li, J., … and Martin, F.L. (2016) Low-dose carbon-based nanoparticle-induced effects in A549 lung cells determined by biospectroscopy are associated with increases in genomic methylation. Scientific Reports 6: 20207.

Theophilou, G., …. and Martin, F.L. (2015) A biospectroscopic analysis of human prostate tissue obtained from different time periods points to a trans-generational alteration in spectral phenotype. Scientific Reports 5: 13465.

Membership of professional and learned bodies

  • UKEMS Young Scientist Award, 2000.
  • Appointed (2004) to UK Molecular Epidemiology Group (MEG); Chair (2006-2010).
  • Co-recipient of Brian Booth Oncology Research prize (2005).
  • Visiting Professor in Medical Gemnetics at Ningxia Medical University, P.R. China (from 2006).
  • Member of Editorial Board of Toxicology (from 2006), Mutagenesis (from 2013) and Scientific Reports (from 2016).
  • Member of UKEMS.


Memberships continued

  • Appointed as Expert Member to COM (Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment) (from April 2012).
  • Member of the OECD cell transformation assay (CTA) Expert group for the generation of a CTA test guideline.
  • Invited by Members of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry on behalf of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to nominate candidates for The Nobel Prize for Chemistry for 2013.
  • Member of Panel 6 of Diamond Peer Review Panel.
  • President of UK Environmental Mutagenicity Society (UKEMS, 2014-2016).



  • Epigenetics of endometrial cancer – funded by Rosemere Cancer Foundation
  • Translation of biospectroscopy techniques to the clinic – funded by Rosemere Cancer Foundation
  • Investigations into the emergence of antibiotic resistance in microorganisms – funded by China Scholarship Council (CSC)
  • Biospectroscopic investigations into plant health – funded by Horticultural Development Council (HDC)

One Minute Research

Frank has produced a One Minute Research video about his research into the development of spectrochemical approaches in the field of biospectroscopy