Dr. Cathie Martin is a group leader at the John Innes Centre and Professor at the University of East Anglia. Her interests span from fundamental to applied science. She researches the relationship between diet and health and how crops can be fortified to improve diets and address the global challenge of escalating chronic disease. This work has involved linking leading clinical and epidemiological researchers with plant breeders and metabolic engineers to develop scientific understanding of how diet can help to maintain health, promote healthy aging and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Dr. Martin is also involved in genetic screens to identify crops which lack toxins that cause nutritional diseases, and has recently initiated a collaborative project with China to research Chinese medicinal plants.