Professor & Chair
Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering
Postdoctoral Associate Novozymes North America 1996
Postdoctoral Associate NC State University 1994
Ph D Purdue University 1991
MS Purdue University 1988
BS SUNY at Buffalo 1986
Dr. Marten graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a BS in Chemical Engineering and from Purdue University with his PhD in Chemical Engineering. He then completed postdoctoral work at NC State and Novozymes North America. He has been on the faculty at UMBC since 1996 and is currently the department Chair. He serves as an Associate Editor for Biotechnology and Bioengineering. In 1999 he won the NSF CAREER award, in 2007 he was honored with a Maryland Regents Award (the state’s highest achievement for faculty), and in 2012 he started a biotechnology company (MycoInnovation, LLC) to commercialize his research findings.
The broad goal in the Marten Lab is to better understand, and then beneficially manipulate, microbial expression systems. While we have carried out projects involving bacteria, our primary focus is on filamentous fungi. We use a sophisticated set of analytical tools to asses fungal morphology and the physical properties of fungal cell walls. As an important tool in our molecular studies, we use a functional-genomic technique called proteomic analysis. This process involves the identification and quantification of individual proteins from various cellular fractions (e.g., cytoplasm, vacuoles, cell wall). These data are used for differential comparison allowing us to make deductions about cellular mechanisms. We are also developing new ways to use proteomic analysis to study cellular signaling pathways (phosphoproteomics). Recently, we have used all of these tools to better understand regulation of fungal cell walls repair. And currently, we are carrying out: (i) fundamental research in systems biology, (ii) applied research in cellular engineering and (iii) transnational research seeking to produce next generation antibiotics.
A list of publications is available on Google Scholar or PubMed
Dr. Marten has teaches both undergraduate and graduate kinetics. And has taught the deptartments introduction to biochemical engineering class.
- Spring 2015 ENCH 446 – Senior Design (Taught Class for 2 Weeks)
- Spring 2014 ENCH 446 – Senior Design II
- ENCH 440 – Undergraduate Kinetics
Ramsubramaniam, Nikhil, Tao, Feng, Li, Shuwei, Marten, Mark R. (2013). “Novel and cost effective 6-plex isobaric tagging reagent, DiART is effective for identification and relative quantification of complex protein mixtures using PQD fragmentation.”. 48 1032-1041 2013 Sep;48(9):1032-41: J. Mass Spectrometry.
Ramsubramaniam, Nikhil, Tao, Feng, Li, Shuwei, Marten, Mark R. (2013). "Cost effective isobaric tagging for quantitative phosphoproteomics using DiART reagents.". 9 2981-2987 Molecular BioSystems.