Sascha Martens, Ph.D.
University of Vienna

Sascha Martens has worked at the Max Perutz labs, University of Vienna for over 10 years where he is currently the Vice-Dean of the Institute. As a principal investigator, Sascha leads research on the foundations of autophagy, exploring how the numerous factors required for autophagy work together to form the autophagosomes that engulf and dispose of harmful cellular material. He is the author of dozens of papers on the factors and processes involved in autophagy and has received several prestigious research grants, including the Human Frontier Science Program grant, the European Research Council Starting and Consolidator grants, and was elected EMBO member in 2020. He has a diploma degree in biology and a Ph.D. in genetics from the Institute for Genetics of the University of Cologne, Germany, where he worked with Jonathan C. Howard (FRS) on cell autonomous immunity. He conducted postdoctoral research with Harvey T. McMahon (FRS) on synaptic vesicle fusion at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, U.K.