Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, University OF MONTPELLIER
Jean Martinez received both his PhD in 1972 from the University of Montpellier 2, at the National School of Chemistry and his Dr Sciences Degree in 1976 from the same University, under the supervision of Professor F. Winternitz. The same year, he joined Dr E. Bricas group at Orsay, University of Paris Sud, as a post-doctorate fellow and in 1977 the laboratory of Professor M. Bodanszky at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, where he stayed till mid 1979.
Jean Martinez is a Full Professor at the University of Montpellier. In 2007, he created the « Institut des Biomolécules Max Mousseron » (IBMM), which he has been the Director until December 2014. He is actually Head of the department of Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins at IBMM.
He served the University of Montpellier 1 as a Member of the Scientific Council for 8 years, and as Vice-President for 6 years (2009-2014).
Prof. Martinez is recognized for his important contributions, at the interface of chemistry and biology, to the development of methodology in organic and peptide synthesis, design and synthesis of various potent and selective neuropeptide analogues, and biomaterials containing biomolecules.
He has published over 900 original papers, 50 patents, numerous review articles, and he has been editor of several books. In 2012, he was accepted into the « Académie Nationale de Pharmacie », France, and in 2014 into the « Real Academia Nacional de Farmacia », Spain. In 2015, he has been nominated Docteur Honoris causa of the Jagellonian University of Kracow, Poland. He has received various prizes including the Leonidas Zervas Award (Barcelona, Spain 1990), the Silver Medal CNRS (Paris, France 1996), The Labbe Award (Paris, France 1996), The Mentzer Award (Caen, France 1998), the Max Bergmann Medal (Munster, Germany 2004), the Cathay Award (Shanghai, China 2006), the Akabori Award (Tokohama, Japan 2006), the Ehrlich Award (Lyon, France 2011), the Roche « Johannes Meinhofer Award » (Boulder Co, USA 2011), the Léon Velluz Award (Paris, France 2015), the Rudinger Award (Leipzig, Germany 2016). He is « Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques » (2010), and Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur (2011).
Jean Martinez served the European Peptide Society as French Representative, Member of the Executive Committee (1991-1998), Scientific Officer (1998-2001), and President (2001-2010).
5 major publications :
1) “Turning peptide sequences into ribbon foldamers by a straightforward multicyclisation reaction“, V. Martin, B. Legrand, L. L. Vezenkov, M. Berthet, G. Subra, M. Calmes, J-L Bantignies, J. Martinez, & M. Amblard, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 54, 13966-13970 (2015). DOI: 10.1002/anie.201506955.
2) “A new way to silicon-based peptide polymers“, S. Jebors, J. Ciccione, S. Al Halifa, B. Nottelet, C. Enjalbal, C. M’Kadmi, M. Amblard, A. Mehdi, J. Martinez, & G. Subra, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 54, 3778-3782 (2015).
3) “Dipeptide mimic oligomer transporter mediates intracellular delivery of cathepsin D inhibitors: a potential target for cancer therapy”, M. Maynadier, L. Vezenkov, M. Amblard, V. Martin, C. Gandreuil, O. Vaillant, M. Gari-Bobo, I. Basile, J-F. Hernandez, M. Garcia, & J. Martinez, J. Controlled Release, 171, 251-257 (2013). DOI:10.1016/j.jconrel.2013.07.017.
4) “Ligands and signalling proteins govern the conformational landscape explored by a G-protein-coupled receptor“, S. Mary, M. Damian, M. Louet, N. Floquet, J-A Fehrentz, J. Marie, J. Martinez, & J-L Banères, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 109, 8304-8309 (2012).
5) “A straightforward approach for cellular-uptake quantification “, D. Paramelle, G. Subra, L. Vezenkov, M. Maynadier, C. André, C. Enjalbal, M. Calmes, M. Garcia, J. Martinez, & M. Amblard, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.., 12, 747-753 (2010).