Professor Thomas Martin was recently selected to be the Earl W. Sutherland Professor of Biochemistry starting July 1, 2007. The appointment, conferred by the UW-Madison Graduate School, comes with research support for five years provided by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
Martin joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison zoology department in 1978, before moving to the biochemistry department in 1994. His research program centers around the mechanisms of hormone action and signal transduction, the regulation of hormone and neurotransmitter secretion, and the biochemistry of lipids and proteins involved in these processes.
This award is bestowed in honor of its namesake, Earl W. Sutherland, a physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine in 1971 for developing broken cell reconstitution methods that led to his discovery of cyclic AMP as a mediator of hormone action.