Martin Jarrold was born in the United Kingdom and earned a B.Sc. in molecular sciences and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Warwick. Jarrold held postdoctoral appointments in chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara before joining AT&T Bell Laboratories as a member of the technical staff in the physics research division. He was Dow Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University before joining the IU Department of Chemistry in 2002 as professor and Robert and Marjorie Mann Chair of Chemistry.
Jarrold is an experimental physical chemist whose work will have long lasting impact in many areas of biological and virology-related disciplines. His early work revolutionized the analysis of ion shapes through the development of theoretical methods for interpreting ion mobility data. Jarrold’s research in charge detection mass spectrometry instrument development (CDMS) has transformed spectrometry-based virology. He has helped to advance an expanded capacity of CDMS observation into the gigadalton regime – allowing for detection of important species that have larger molecular weights (e.g. viruses, vaccines, lipoproteins, and nanoparticles). This work has had translational application to assessing the assembly of Hepatitis B virus, the Adeno associated virus, and high-density and low-density lipoprotein particles, which are implicated in cardiovascular diseases.
Jarrold has authored or co-authored over 285 book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles. His work has been cited more than 22,000 times with an h-index of 77. Jarrold has served as the Cycle en Chimie Lecturer in Switzerland, the Kroto Lecturer in Chemical Physics at Florida State University, and the John B. Fenn Lecturer at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received the John B. Fenn Award for Distinguished Contributions in Mass Spectrometry from the American Society of Mass Spectrometry, the most prestigious recognition in his field.