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Yvonne Connolly Martin, Ph.D.

Dr. Yvonne C. Martin retired from Abbott Laboratories as Senior Research Fellow of the Volwiler Society.  She earned a BA in Chemistry and Biology from Carleton College in Minnesota, and completed her PhD in Chemistry at Northwestern University.  Dr. Martin pioneered the application of QSAR, computational chemistry, and cheminformatics in the pharmaceutical industry during her 48 year career at Abbott, developing many new tools and methodologies along the way.  She was arguably the first person to apply computational approaches in the pharmaceutical industry. She has authored or co- authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications, 40 book chapters, and 20 reviews. She has edited 6 books, authored the book Quantitative Drug Design, and is an inventor on 8 patents. She was a principal developer of the pharmacophore analysis programs DISCO and ALADDIN.

            The medicinal chemistry community has been well served by Dr. Martin's efforts. Dr. Martin has been a member of the Medicinal Chemistry Division since 1971, and served as its Treasurer, 1980-1981. She has served on 11 editorial boards (including Journal of Computer Aided Molecular Design and QSAR and Combinatorial Science) and on NIH and NSF study sections. She was one of the founders of the Cheminformatics and QSAR Society (1989) and served as its chair from 2001-2005.  Yvonne Martin is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Herman Skolnik Award from the American Chemical Society's Division of Chemical Information (2009), and the ACS Award for Computers in Chemical & Pharmaceutical Research (2017). She was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1985), and a fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (2000) .

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