Martin studied Biomedical Science at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands) and developed a strong interest in neuroscience. He did his PhD in Neuroscience (focus on cellular changes in a rat epilepsy model) at the University of Amsterdam. After a post-doctoral research position at the University of Amsterdam (focus on cellular effects of antiepileptic drugs) he took a research position at the University of Birmingham (focus on network oscillations in epilepsy and models of fast oscillations).
Martin became a lecturer at the University of Birmingham where he developed a research line focussing on fast network oscillations, studying; 1) the mechanisms underlying them, 2) their role in normal behaviour, 3) how they are changed in brain diseases like AD, epilepsy and normal ageing, and 4) how they are affected by psycho-active substances, like caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, ketamine and PCP.
In 2015 Martin took a senior lectureship position at the BCU, mainly teaching human physiology, now assessing the role of fast oscillations in chronic pain perception and tolerance in humans.
Martin is Visiting Professor in Xinxiang Medical University (China) where the animal-based research line in fast network oscillations is continued.