Lieutenant Commander Nicholas J. Martin entered the military as a Cavalry Scout in the Nebraska Army National Guard in 1998. He completed undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science in 2000 before enrolling at the University of Nevada under the US Navy Health Science Collegiate Program. In December of 2003 he completed his Master of Science in Environmental Science and Health and was commissioned as a Lieutenant Junior Grade. Following commissioning he reported to the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River as the Head of the Preventive Medicine Department. While at the clinic he became a Registered Environmental Health Specialist with the National Environmental Health Association. In 2006 LCDR Martin reported to Naval Hospital Lemoore as the Head of the Environmental Health Division. During this time, LCDR Martin was accepted into PhD program in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. Prior to the start of his doctoral studies he deployed to the Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa in Djibouti as the Force Health Protection Officer.
In 2011, LCDR Martin was assigned to Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in Silver Spring Maryland. At NMRC, LCDR Martin served as the Deputy for the Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Department and completed his PhD in Environmental Health Sciences. While at NMRC he conducted research to better understand, prevent and treat viral infections, such as influenza and dengue, as well as evaluated methods to better control mosquitoes. In 2014 LCDR Martin transferred to NMRC-Asia (Singapore) as a staff scientist and in July of that year he was named the Science Director for NMRC-Asia. He provides scientific oversight for current and future research projects throughout Southeast Asia and shapes the scientific mission in support of the US Navy Bureau of Medicine and US Pacific Command. His current research portfolio includes projects to characterize and control malaria transmission in the Mekong Delta region.