Jayde Martin

Jayde Martin

Department of English Literature
Doctoral researcher

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Phd title: Manipulating Mutations: The Representation of Genetic Engineering in Contemporary Science Fiction, 1990-2018
Supervisors: Professor Martin Halliwell (University of Leicester), Professor John Holmes (University of Birmingham), and Dr Emil Toescu (University of Birmingham)

PhD Contemporary Transatlantic Science Fiction


  • 2011-2013: AAC in English Literature, Media Studies, and Drama Theatre Studies, Coleg Cambria, Wales
  • 2013-2016: BA, Hons, (First Class) in American and Canadian Studies with English Literature, University of Birmingham
  • 2017-2018: MA, (Merit) in Literature and Culture, University of Birmingham


I was educated here for both my MA and my BA, (hons). My A-level qualifications were achieved in North Wales. I have organized R.O.L.E.S Sexuality and Gender conference in collaboration with the Sexuality and Gender MRes course here at the University of Birmingham, as well as presenting a paper there in 2016 on the medicalization of Intersex Identities.


My research topic looks at the representation of genetic engineering in cultural discourse and contemporary transatlantic science fiction. The project hopes to compare this to the therapeutic use of gene therapy and the projected futures for CRISPR/Cas9. I focus on the difference between classic eugenics and neo-eugenics and why these ethical concerns are featured alongside the representation of, and public discussion of, genetic engineering.

Other activities

  •  Funded by the AHRC, the last of the M3C cohort 2018-2019
  • Elected Disabled Students Officer at the Guild of Students 2018-2019
  • Co-chair of Disabled and Mental Health Students Association at the Guild of Students 2018-2019