Martina Stenzel studied chemistry at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, before completing her PhD in 1999 at the Institute of Applied Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, Germany. After two years as postdoctoral researcher at UNSW, she took on a position as a lecturer at the University of New South Wales in 2002 and is now an ARC Future Fellow and Professor. Her research interest is focused on the synthesis of functional polymers with complex architectures such as glycopolymers and other polymers for biomedical applications, especially polymers with in-build metal complexes for the delivery of metal-based anti-cancer drugs. Martina Stenzel published more than 190 highly cited peer reviewed papers mainly on RAFT polymerization. She is currently the Honorary Secretary of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). She is an editor of the Australian Journal of Chemistry and also serves on several editorial advisory boards. She received a range of awards including the 2011 Le Fèvre Memorial Prize and the 2013 Exxon Mobile award. She is currently a member of the ARC College of experts.