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Mark R. Marten

Mark R. Marten

Professor & Chair

Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering

Engineering 314


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.

Research Interests

The broad goal in the Marten Lab is to better understand, and then beneficially manipulate, microbial expression systems. 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

Teaching Interests

Dr. Marten currently teaches the department's undergraduate kinetics class.

Selected Classes

  • Spring 2015 ENCH 446 – Senior Design (Taught Class for 2 Weeks)
  • Spring 2014 ENCH 440 – Undergraduate Kinetics
  • ENCH 446 – Senior Design II

Intellectual Contributions

Ramsubramaniam, Nikhil, Tao, Feng, Li, Shuwei, Marten, Mark R. (2013). . 48 1032-1041 2013 Sep;48(9):1032-41: J. Mass Spectrometry.

Ramsubramaniam, Nikhil, Tao, Feng, Li, Shuwei, Marten, Mark R. (2013). . 9 2981-2987 Molecular BioSystems.