Martin Birchall is a surgeon researcher at University College London and associated hospitals. He has pulled together multidisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers and clinicians to develop innovative solutions to loss of upper aerodigestive tract function, including problems with breathing, swallowing and voice. The work of these teams has delivered advances in laryngeal transplantation, organ tissue engineering and the application of soft robotics to lost motor function. His h-index is 46, with over 230 scientific papers. He is an NIHR Senior Investigator and Director of the NIHR Advanced Surgical Technologies Incubator, as well as the EPSRC Soft Robotics Platform. He was the first ENT surgeon to be elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences, and was voted Briton of the Year for Science and Technology in 2008. Martin loves Liverpool Football Club, running, cinema and fringe music. He has a bemused, but lovely, wife and five children.