Graduate Program

Michael A. Martinez, B.A.

Advisor: Dr. David Q. Matus

Cell invasion.
  • Biography

I was born in New York, but raised in Connecticut. I attended the University of Bridgeport where I graduated with a B.A. in Biology in 2014. At Bridgeport, my professors sparked my interest in medicine and the biological sciences as a junior in college. Upon graduating, I spent a year investigating nuclear envelope dynamics in the Laboratory of Shirin Bahmanyar at Yale University. Then, I moved on to work at the Laboratory of Sidi Chen at the Yale University School of Medicine. There, I studied the genetic landscape of metastatic melanomas, as well as glioblastoma multiforme.
Presently, I am in the M.D./Ph.D. program at Stony Brook where I study the process of cell invasion under the leadership of David Q. Matus. In terms of life outside of school, I have a profound love for the game of soccer. I have played competitively for nearly my entire life. I have represented the state of Connecticut through the Olympic Development Program, spent time overseas playing in Uruguay, and played for the Men’s Varsity Team at the University of Bridgeport.


Penfield L., Wysolmerski B., Mauro M., Farhadifar R., Martinez M.A., Biggs R., Wu H.Y., Broberg C., Needleman D., & Bahmanyar S. (2018). Dynein-pulling forces counteract lamin-mediated nuclear stability during nuclear envelope repair. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 29(7):852-868.

Chow R.D., Guzman C.D., Wang G., Schmidt F., Youngblood M.W., Ye L., Errami Y., Dong M.B., Martinez M.A., Zhang S., Renauer P., Bilguvar K., Gunel M., Sharp P.A., Zhang F., Platt R.J., & Chen S. (2017). AAV-mediated direct in vivo CRISPR screen identifies functional suppressors in glioblastoma. Nature Neuroscience, 20(10), 1329-1341.