Regenerative Medicine

Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences, and Animal Science

Nathaniel Martinez

Portrait of Professor Nathan Martinez







Office: 33-379
Phone Number: 805-756-2185


Dr. Martinez is an Assistant Professor in the Biological Sciences department at Cal Poly where he teaches 200, 300 and 400 level microbiology & biology courses. The Martinez Lab at Cal Poly focuses on interdisciplinary translational research projects which include: the development of quantitative point-of-care diagnostics, 3D printing microfluidic devices, 3D printed and cellulose-based cell culture/microbiological growth platforms, and the assembly of retroviruses (HIV-1). Dr. Martinez received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UCSC, where he performed undergraduate research in the Singaram lab developing strategies for the resolution of enantiomers in racemic mixtures of naturally occurring organic compounds. Dr. Martinez participated in the NIH Postbac IRTA program, where he studied under Dr. Mahtab Moayeri in the Leppla lab at the NIAID, NIH in Bethesda, MD, where he focused on elucidating the role of the Bacillus anthracis lethal factor endopeptidase and its role on host-pathogen interactions. Dr. Martinez is a graduate of the Tri-Institutional Weill Cornell/Sloan Kettering/Rockefeller MD/PhD program, where he performed graduate research in the Resh lab at MSKCC studying host-pathogen interactions that are necessary for the assembly of the HIV-1 virus.

For additional information, please visit my Biological Sciences Department homepage.


  • B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of California at Santa Cruz
  • Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology , Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences
  • M.D. Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Research Interests

Development of point-of-care devices for use in home and professional settings
Study of retroviruses
Virus lifecycles


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