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Research Interests

My lab has two main research lines: one is cellular neurophysiology, with particular emphasis on the mechanisms of action potential generation and propagation and on the role of dendrites in post synaptic signal integration. This interest leads to a keen translational interest in pathological conditions characterized by neuronal hyperexcitability, such as epilepsy and pain. Accordingly, the second main research line of the lab focuses on the role of ion channels in neurological disease, and in particular on the central (brain) mechanisms mediating chronic pain.

Training Experience

2000Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Freiburg, Germany

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, International School for Advances Studies, Trieste

… → 1995

MSc, International School for Advances Studies, Trieste

… → 1992

MD, University of Trieste, Italy

… → 1990

Research interests

  • Biophysics
  • Epilepsy
  • Ion Channels
  • Neuroscience
  • Pain

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Grants 2008 2024

Spinocerebellar Ataxias
Movement Disorders
Trinucleotide Repeat Expansion
Purkinje Cells
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Chronic Pain
Substance-Related Disorders
Opioid Analgesics
Opiate Alkaloids


Martina, M.

National Institute on Drug Abuse


Project: Research project

Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Opiate Alkaloids
Back Pain
Acoustic Stimulation
Auditory Pathways
Auditory Perception
Staining and Labeling

Research Output 1989 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

A novel role for the late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD)-associated protein Bin1 in regulating postsynaptic trafficking and glutamatergic signaling

Schürmann, B., Bermingham, D. P., Kopeikina, K. J., Myczek, K., Yoon, S., Horan, K. E., Kelly, C. J., Martin-de-Saavedra, M. D., Forrest, M. P., Fawcett-Patel, J. M., Smith, K. R., Gao, R., Bach, A., Burette, A. C., Rappoport, J. Z., Weinberg, R. J., Martina, M. & Penzes, P., Jan 1 2019, In : Molecular Psychiatry.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Alzheimer Disease
AMPA Receptors
1 Citation (Scopus)

Reduced ΔFosB expression in the rat nucleus accumbens has causal role in the neuropathic pain phenotype

Pollema-Mays, S. L., Centeno, M. V., Chang, Z., Apkarian, A. & Martina, M., May 29 2019, In : Neuroscience Letters. 702, p. 77-83 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nucleus Accumbens
Limbic System
2 Citations (Scopus)

Self-assembling vascular endothelial growth factor nanoparticles improve function in spinocerebellar ataxia type 1

Hu, Y. S., Do, J., Edamakanti, C. R., Kini, A. R., Martina, M., Stupp, S. I. & Opal, P., Feb 1 2019, In : Brain. 142, 2, p. 312-321 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Spinocerebellar Ataxias
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A
Nerve Growth Factors
Neurodegenerative Diseases
3 Citations (Scopus)

Circuit-selective properties of glutamatergic inputs to the rat prelimbic cortex and their alterations in neuropathic pain

Kelly, C. J. & Martina, M., Jul 1 2018, In : Brain Structure and Function. 223, 6, p. 2627-2639 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Prefrontal Cortex
Pyramidal Cells