Emily Martinez

Emily graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008 with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology and an emphasis in genetics, genomics and development. While in school, she volunteered in several labs and worked on projects varying from the biogeography of Selenops spiders in the Caribbean to inner ear development in Xenopus frogs. After graduation, she worked a post baccalaureate IRTA fellow in the Long Lab at the NIH in Rockville, Maryland. Her project looked at how the mobility and distribution of the ligand ULPB1 on target cells affected the ability of Natural Killer cells to recognize and kill those cells.

In 2012, she received her M.S. from the University of California, Davis and joined the Hughes-Fulford Lab as part of the “Suppression of the Immune Response in Spaceflight and Aging” team. Emily traveled with the rest of the team to Amsterdam and Florida for our sequence test and facilities trial run respectively and has since seen the successful launch of the lab’s T-cell experiments on Space X CRS-3 and 5.


  • Martinez, E. M., Yoshida, M. C., Candelario, T. L., and Hughes-Fulford, M. (2015) Spaceflight and simulated microgravity cause a significant reduction of key gene expression in early T-cell activation. American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology 308, R480-488.
  • Martinez, E., Brzostowski, J. A., Long, E. O., & Gross, C. C. (2011). Cutting edge: NKG2D-dependent cytotoxicity is controlled by ligand distribution in the target cell membrane. The Journal of Immunology, 186(10).