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Kathleen Martin, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) and Pharmacology; Co-Director, Yale Cardiovascular Research Center (YCVRC)

Contact Information

Kathleen Martin, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Cardiovascular Medicine

    Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, PO Box 208017

    New Haven, CT 06520-8017

    United States



Kathleen Martin, PhD, graduated from Hiram College, where she majored in Biology. She earned her PhD from Case Western Reserve University in Physiology and Biophysics, then completed postdoctoral fellowships in cell biology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Martin joined the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School in 2000 in the Section of Vascular Surgery and Department of Pharmacology where she initiated her research program studying vascular smooth muscle cell biology in cardiovascular disease. In 2009, she became an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Yale before becoming a professor in 2019. She has held multiple leadership positions with the American Heart Association, served as an NIH charter study section member, and currently serves as a Co-Director of the Yale Cardiovascular Research Center.

Dr. Martin’s research lab aims to define the cellular signaling and epigenetic mechanisms that regulated vascular smooth muscle cell function in intimal hyperplasia, atherosclerosis, and transplant vasculopathy. Understanding how smooth muscle cells dramatically alter their phenotype may provide new insights for treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Education & Training

  • Post-doctoral Fellowship
    Harvard Medical School (2000)
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship
    Harvard Medical School (1998)
  • PhD
    Case Western Reserve Univ (1997)
  • BA
    Hiram College (1990)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Alexander W. Clowes Distinguished LecturerSociety for Vascular Surgery2022

Professional Service

AHA Vascular Discovery Chair2023 - Present
AHA Vascular Discovery Vice ChairVice Chair2021 - 2023
Yale IACUCCommittee Member2018 - 2021
AHA ATVB/Vascular Discovery Program CommitteeCommittee Member2017 - 2021
AHA Founders AffiliateChair AHA Founders Affiliate Research Committee2016 - 2017
AHA Founders AffiliateVice Chair AHA Founders Affiliate Research Committee2014 - 2016
NIH AICSCharter member AICS study section2013 - 2020

Departments & Organizations