Faculty Profile

Emily Toth Martin, PhD, MPH

Emily Toth Martin, PhD, MPH

  • Associate Professor, Epidemiology
  • M5132 SPH II
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Emily Toth Martin, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, with tenure, at the School of Public Health, focuses on infectious diseases and respiratory viruses - including influenza, SARS-CoV-2, and RSV - and strategies to prevent and treat infection. Her research includes studies of vaccine effectiveness and virus transmission in community, hospital, and ambulatory settings. Dr. Martin’s research is funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and philanthropic organizations.

Dr. Martin’s scientific contributions include studies to improve observational designs for measurement of vaccine effectiveness, and immunologic studies of correlates of protection. Her work includes studies the epidemiology and transmission of respiratory viruses with associated vaccines (influenza and SARS-CoV-2) and those viruses for which vaccines may be forthcoming (RSV). Her work on transmission includes community-based, active surveillance studies that evaluate patterns of viral transmission in households and within child cares, including a case-ascertained study of close-contact transmission. Laboratory detection of viruses and immune correlates is key to this line of research, and Dr. Martin oversees a large field team and associated laboratory to support this effort. Dr. Martin is a core investigator for the CDC’s US Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network, the CDC’s IVY network for hospital vaccine effectiveness, and the NIAID Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Response.

Dr. Martin has a PhD and MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health and a BS in Microbiology from the University of Michigan. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, followed by tenure track faculty positions at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. She is a former health policy fellow with the UM Center for Health and Research Transformation and an alumnus of the ADVAC Advanced Course in Vaccinology. Dr. Martin is a recipient of the 2021 UM Presidential Award for State and National Leadership and the UM Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation Impact Accelerator Award for her role in the COVID-19 pandemic response. In addition to directing the Michigan Center for Respiratory Virus Research and Response, she serves as the faculty lead for the Department of Epidemiology Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology graduate program.

  • PhD, University of Washington, 2009
  • MPH, University of Washington, 2005
  • B.S., University of Michigan, 2001

The primary goal of my research program is to build a greater understanding of the epidemiology of viral respiratory diseases through the use of molecular epidemiology. Through characterizing existing and new interventions to prevent transmission and severe disease, our research team works to identify strategies to reduce infections, particularly in individuals with chronic comorbidities and in hospital environments. Our research interests center around two key questions: (1) How do the intersections among multiple pathogens and between pathogens and chronic diseases impact the epidemiology of the disease, and ultimately, the available opportunities for intervention? (2) How can interventions for prevention of transmission or progression of disease be used most effectively, particularly in high-risk populations?

Specific Interests Include: Respiratory virus epidemiology (including RSV, bocavirus, influenza). Hospital epidemiology and infection prevention (including MRSA / VRE coinfection). Molecular epidemiology.

More details on specific projects available at themartinlab.com

  • Sutcliffe K, Kilgore PE, DeHoff K, Evans R, Kaye KS, Malosh RE, Sherwin R, Martin ET. Survey of vaccination knowledge and acceptance among adults admitted to an urban emergency department. Vaccine. 2017 Feb 22;35(8):1148-1151.
  • Martin ET, Kaye KS, Knott C, Nguyen H, Santarossa M, Evans R, Beltran E, Jaber L. Diabetes and Risk of Surgical Site Infection: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2016 Jan;37(1):88-99.
  • Martin ET, Kuypers J, McRoberts JP, Englund JA, Zerr DM. Human bocavirus-1 primary infection and shedding in infants. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2015 Aug 15;212(4):516-24 PMID: 25632039
  • Foxman B, Martin ET, Use of the Microbiome in the Practice of Epidemiology: A Primer on –Omic Technologies. Am J Epidemiology. 2015 Jul 1;182(1):1-8.
  • Martin, E.T., Archer, C., McRoberts, J., Kulik, J., Thurston, T., Lephart, P., Kaye, K.S. (2013). Epidemiology of severe influenza outcomes among adult patients with obesity in Detroit, Michigan, 2011. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, Nov; 7(6), 1004-7.
  • Martin, E.T., Fairchok, M.P., Stednick, Z.J., Kuypers, J., Englund, J.A. (2013). Epidemiology of Multiple Respiratory Viruses in Childcare Attendees. Journal of Infectious Diseases, Mar; 207(6), 982-9.
  • Martin, E.T., Tansek, R., Collins, V., Kayakawa, K., Abreu-Lanfranco, O., Chopra, T., Lephart, P.R., Pogue, J.M., Kaye, K.S., Marchaim, D. (2013). The CRE Score: a bedside score to rule out infection with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae among hospitalized patients. American Journal of Infection Control, Feb;41(2), 180-2..
  • Martin, E.T., Kuypers, J., Wald, A., Englund, J.A. (2012). Multiple Versus Single Virus Respiratory Infections: Viral Load and Clinical Disease Severity in Hospitalized Children. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, Jan; 6(1), 71-7. Epub 2011 May 31.
  • Martin ET, Fairchok MP, Kuypers J, Magaret A, Zerr D, Wald A, Englund JA. (2010). Frequent and prolonged shedding of bocavirus in young children attending daycare. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 201(11), 1625-1632.

  • Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • Infectious Disease Society of America
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

Emily Martin in the News

Videos from our Experts

COVID-19 Vaccine

Is the End in Sight? An Inside Look at the COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Approval Process

Featuring Dr. Arnold Monto and Dr. Emily Martin. December 2, 2020

COVID-19 Vaccine

What You Should Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine

Featuring Dr. Arnold Monto and Dr. Emily Martin. January 9, 2021