Jose Martin Garcia
Dr. Jose Martin-Garcia received his B.S. and M.S. (Diploma) in chemistry and Ph.D. in chemical sciences from University of Granada. He served as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Almeria before joining Arizona State University in 2011 as a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Membrane Proteins in Infectious Diseases and is currently part of the Center for Applied Structural Discovery. His research focuses on membrane proteins from Francisella tularensis, which play a critical role in tularemia. Dr. Martin-Garcia studies membrane proteins that make up the capsular shells used by bacteria to evade the immune system and increase its virulence. He uses traditional macromolecular crystallization techniques for analyzing membrane proteins at Synchrotron X-ray sources as well as the burgeoning techniques of serial femtosecond nanocrystallography for study by X-ray Free Electron Laser. By understanding the structural basis for how deadly bacteria can evade our immune system, Dr. Martin-Garcia?s research is critical for providing new insights for developing lifesaving therapies for tularemia and other infectious diseases.