Adria Martig became Director of the Innovators in Science Award program at the New York Academy of Sciences in 2017. She has responsibility for both the Early Career and Senior Scientist programs and manages soliciting nominations and judging processes in addition to coordinating awards symposiums and ceremonies. Additionally, she oversees the communications of the awards to the world and manages the Academy's ongoing relations with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company.
Dr. Martig has over 10 years of scientific research and program management experience. Before joining the Academy, Adria was a Senior Associate Director at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research where she worked to bring new treatments to the Parkinson's disease community by directing strategic research portfolios spanning the therapeutic development pipeline from early discovery phases to clinical trials. Research programs included basic biology projects seeking to validate new cellular and circuitry targets in pre-clinical models and engineering programs to develop new neuromodulation technologies and biometric monitoring devices. She has extensive experience coordinating perspectives across diverse key opinion leaders, determining appropriate content for scientific workshops, coordinating review committees, designing studies, and evaluating quantitative findings from research programs.
Dr. Martig received her PhD from University of Washington and completed post-doctoral training at University of Pittsburgh. Her research detailed neural correlates of behavior using a combination of systems neuroscience approaches that included electrophysiological, optogenetic, and neurochemical techniques.