Luis R. Martinez, Ph.D.

Luis R. Martinez, Ph.D.

University of Florida

Luis R. Martinez, Ph.D. was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He is an associate professor at the University of Florida, where his laboratory is a magnet for trainees from historically underrepresented groups (HUGs). His research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms of fungal brain invasion and colonization in immunocompromised individuals.

Martinez is well-published and -NIH funded. He serves on the editorial boards of mBio and Infection and Immunity. He is the interim chair of the ASM’s subcommittee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities. Martinez is particularly interested in engaging URM into the scientific dialogue as well as to promote an inclusive environment at ASM. He was a member of the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science in Infectious Diseases cohort. He is an active advocate of scientific citizenship and involved on diversity issues in the natural sciences and medicine. Martinez is currently the Profession of Microbiology track leader for ASM Microbe. He has taught in several minority-serving institutions at the community college, liberal arts, doctoral, dental, and medical school levels. He serves in external advisory committees for NIH-funded programs focused on increasing HUGs in STEM.