Professor Martin Antonio is the leader of the molecular biology group at the MRC Unit The Gambia and was recently awarded an honorary professorship at the Division of Microbiology & Immunity, Warwick Medical School, Coventry, UK. Prof Antonio is also the Director of WHO Regional Reference Laboratory for Invasive Bacterial Diseases and the MRC Programme Leader-Track at MRCG. Originally from Ghana, Martin trained in molecular microbiology in the UK and set up the molecular microbiology research group in 2005, when he was first appointed at MRCG. Since then, Martin was instrumental in establishing the molecular capabilities at The Unit. Martin’s research is focused on the leverage of new molecular technologies in diagnosis of tropical infections, investigation of microbial transmission and clinical trials.