James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute


Pamela Martin, Ph.D.

Contact info:
Dr. Martin's departmental website

Voice: 706.721.4220
Fax:    706.721.9947

Email:
pmmartin@augusta.edu


Background & Research Emphasis:
Dr. Martin is trained in retinal cell biology and biochemistry. She holds an NEI-funded K99/R00 (NIH Pathway to Independence Award) to study sodium-dependent monocarboxylates transporters in retinal ganglion, Müller and RPE cells. The work is directly relevant to diabetic retinopathy as the transporters are likely to play a key role in determinants of energy status in retinal neurons, especially when ketone bodies replace glucose as the energy source. Dr. Martin’s work is targeted toward discovery and analysis of novel biochemical transporters and receptors in retina, which may be useful in the development of new therapeutic targets in the treatment and prevention of diabetic retinopathy. She collaborates actively with Drs. Bartoli, Saul, Smith and Ganapathy. She has served on the thesis committees of several graduate students and is currently mentoring two pre-doctoral students, one studying AMD and one investigating diabetic retinopathy. She is also mentoring a post-doctoral fellow. Dr. Martin has hosted several medical students in her lab for summer research projects. She teaches in the Vision Science course and is a regular participant in VDI activities.