Luis Martinez

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Luis Martinez

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Associate Professor, Biological Sciences - Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC)

Luis R. Martinez received his B.S. in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and M.S. from LIU Brooklyn. His thesis project on the thermal tolerance of the AIDS-associated fungus, Cryptococcus neoformans, conducted at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y. His master's studies were supported by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) minority bridge to the doctorate award. This facilitated his externship at a research-oriented institution where he met mentors that encouraged him to pursue a career in science. Later, he enrolled in the Ph.D. program in the laboratory of Arturo Casadevall, Ph.D., at Einstein, where he was responsible for characterizing biofilm formation in Cryptococcus neoformans.
Upon successfully completing his Ph.D., Martinez joined the laboratory of Joshua D. Nosanchuk, Ph.D., at Einstein to extend his work on microbial pathogenesis and the biology of the immune system. In the course of his post-doctoral training supported by an NIH-Molecular Pathogenesis Training Grant, he successfully led a project that characterized the wound healing and antimicrobial properties of nitric oxide nanoparticles, technology that has been licensed by a biotech company and is in advanced preclinical development.
Martinez earned his M.B.A. degree from Pace University and has completed scholarly work at the Woods Hole's Marine Biological Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories (N.Y.). He has taught in several higher education institutions in the New York City area, including LIU Post (promoted with tenure in 2014), York College, and the Bronx Community College. He is also a member of the American Society for Microbiology Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities, Communication Committee’s Member Empowerment Taskforce, and Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship selection committee. Luis currently serves as a Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow in infectious diseases with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


  1. Antimicrobial Drug Development
  2. Dermatology
  3. Diversity Issues in STEM
  4. Immunology
  5. Infectious diseases
  6. Nanotechnology


  1. Health & Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  2. Cross-cutting: Emerging Technologies: Information Technology, Biotechnology & Nanotechnology