Mark O. Martin, Ph.D.
University of Puget Sound
Mark O. Martin, Ph.D. earned his B.A. in Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Stanford and completed postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Diego. He worked in biotech for nearly 10 years before returning to academia against steep odds.
Dr. Martin is a tenured biology professor in the Pacific Northwest, teaching courses on microbiology, symbioses and introductory cell and molecular biology. His classroom focus is conceptual and "ownership based." Dr. Martin encourages creative "science art" in myriad forms to promote engagement, ownership and accomplishment. In his undergraduate research lab, they study bacterial predators, bioluminescence and symbiosis. His laboratory is a proven incubator of student success; he has sent 24 research students to Ph.D. programs, and 5 are currently in faculty positions.