Dr. Martin grew up in the Philadelphia area and received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Bowdoin College in 1999. He pursued his blossoming interest in developmental biology during his Ph.D. studies at the University of California, Berkeley, working in the laboratories of Dr. Richard Harland and Dr. Sharon Amacher. There he studied the genetic and cellular mechanisms of skeletal muscle formation during development using the Xenopus laevis and zebrafish vertebrate model systems. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2005, he moved to the University of Washington, where he was an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of David Kimelman, studying stem cell biology in the developing zebrafish embryo. Dr. Martin started his own lab at Stony Brook University in 2012 and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award, and the Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research.