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Nina Martin

Departmental Affiliations

Health Systems

Contact Info

415 N. Washington Street, Room 325

Research Interests

Science Communication; Public Engagement Practices for Scientists; Public Understanding of Science; Community Engagement; Public Health United; podcast
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Colby College
“How do we know if our research and science engagement practices are having the maximum impact on the public we are trying to help?” Martin is an expert science communication at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she also received a PhD in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology in the laboratory of Dr. Diane Griffin. Martin is a pioneer in grassroots science communication and engagement research, practice, and service. She is an avid producer of science communication podcasts and founder of a non-profit organization of the same name, Public Health United. She is a TEDx speaker and very committed to research on the science of science engagement, with a particular focus on practice and research on engagement in low income settings from Baltimore, MD to around the globe.

Dr. Martin is also passionate about global health and communication practice and research in low income settings. At the Center for Global Health, Dr. Martin serves as the Program Officer and manages strategic communications and program evaluation. She has a passion for learning languages and different cultures (i.e. French Studies major from Colby College) and both her laboratory-based and qualitative research has taken her all over the globe in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and Australia. This combination a research and practice has also led to her role as Director of SCIBAR (Support for Creative Integrated Basic and Applied Research), one of the Dean’s strategic plan Initiatives. In this role, she promotes team science and better alignment of the basic and applied research arms of the School.

Teaching and ‘Teaching-As-Research’ are also part of Martin’s main pursuits. Martin teaches a course at JHSPH, called ‘Public Engagement Practices for Scientists,’ based on her practice and research. She also teaches every Tuesday evening at The Food Project in South West Baltimore, where she teaches food science and hygiene to youth ages 8-18. A bit more informally, she also leads two Heathy Voice programs at The Food Project (Drum Circle & Girl Band) to empower youth with musical and creative outlets in addition to science skills.
Honors & Awards
Institute for Health and Social Policy Lipitz Public Health Policy Faculty Award (2019)

Johns Hopkins Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion Community Scholars Grant (2019)

SOURCE Champion of the Month
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Selected publications
  • Martin, NM, Cordero, RJB, de Broucker, G. Have you heard the PEPS talk? Towards standardized public engagement practices for scientists (PEPS). Preprints 2018, 2018100050 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0050.v1)
  • Martin, NM, Griffin, DE. IL-10 modulation of virus clearance and disease in mice with alphaviral encephalomyelitis. J Virol. 2017 Dec 20. pii: JVI.01517-17. doi: 10.1128/JVI.01517-17.
  • Caino MC, Chae YC, Vaira V, Ferrero S, Nosotti M, Martin NM, Weeraratna A, O'Connell M, Jernigan D, Fatatis A, Languino LR, Bosari S, Altieri DC. Metabolic stress regulates cytoskeletal dynamics and metastasis of cancer cells. J Clin Invest. 2013 Jul 1;123(7):2907-20.
  • Vaira V, Faversani A, Martin NM, Garlick DS, Ferrero S, Nosotti M, Kissil JL, Bosari S, Altieri DC. Regulation of lung cancer metastasis by Klf4-Numb-like signaling. Cancer Res. 2013 Apr 15;73(8):2695-705.
  • Tavecchio M, Lisanti S, Lam A, Ghosh JC, Martin NM, O'Connell M, Weeraratna AT, Kossenkov AV, Showe LC, Altieri DC. Cyclophilin D extramitochondrial signaling controls cell cycle progression and chemokine-directed cell motility. J Biol Chem. 2013 Feb 22;288(8):5553-61.
Public Engagement Practices for Scientists (PEPS)
SCIBAR (Support for Creative Integrated Basic and Applied Research)
The Food Project