School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Helen Martin

Senior Botanical Research Technician



  • BSc(hons) Biological Sciences (Plant Sciences) 
  • RHS Advanced Certificate in Horticulture (level 4)
  • NPTC PA1 and PA6 certificates in safe use of pesticides (level 2)

Work Summary:

I work as a research technician and lab manager supporting the research groups of Professor Anne Borland, Professor Jerry Barnes, Professor William Willats, Dr Vasilios Andriotis, and Dr Tahar Taybi. My areas of expertise include plant science, horticulture, glasshouse and controlled environments, project management, protein and agarose gel electrophoresis, DNA and RNA extractions, PCRs, Western blotting, HPiC. 

Previous experience:

Senior Research Technician at CNAP, University of York

Senior Gardener for the Royal Horticultural Society, RHS Wisley

Plant Growth Suite Manager and Senior Research Technician at The Centre for Plant Sciences, University of Leeds

Communications operator for West Yorks Police

Research technician in Biochemistry, University of Leeds

Trainee technician in HPLC techniques for the British Steel Corporation



Plant care and horticulture

Genetic modification of plants

Plant tissue culture

ICS chromatography

Protein extraction and SDS PAGE

Western blotting

DNA and RNA isolation


Light microscopy


  • Urwin PE, Yi L, Martin H, Atkinson HJ, Gilmartin PM. Functional characterization of the EMCV IRES in plants. The Plant Journal 2001, 24(5), 583-9.
  • Smallwood M, Yates EA, Willats WGT, Martin H, Knox JP. Immuno­chemical comparison of ­membrane-associated and secreted arabinogalactan-proteins in rice and carrot. Planta 198(3):452-459 1996, 198(3), 452-459.
  • Smallwood M, Martin H, Knox JP. An epitope of rice threonine- and hydroxyproline-rich glycoprotein is common to cell wall and hydrophobic plasma membrane glycoproteins. Planta 196 1995, 196(3), 510-522. In Preparation.
  • Smith LM, Handley J, li Yi, Martin H, Donovan L, Bowles DJ. Temporal and spatial regulation of a novel gene in barley embryos. Plant Molecular Biology 1993, 20(2), 255-66.
  • Clark AJ, Higgins P, Martin H, Bowles DJ. An embryo-specific protein of barley (Hordeum vulgare). European Journal of Biochemistry 1995, 199(1), 115-21.