Sandia National Laboratories
Anthony Martino received a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley in Chemical Engineering in 1986 and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Chemical Engineering in 1991. His research focused on structures that form in solutions such as microemulsions and liquid crystals. Martino has been a staff scientist and department head at Sandia National Laboratories since 1991. He is currently a program manager for algal biofuels research at Sandia and the biology lead for the Bioenergy Program Development team within the Energy and Water line of business at Sandia. The programs Martino manages in algal biofuels include spectroscopy and microscopy applications for algae and biomass characterization, remote sensing characterization of algal culture pond health, techno-economic and life cycle analysis in algal biorefinery feasibility studies, and applied biology for algal strain selection and metabolic engineering. Martino’s scientific interests include the development and use of microscopy and spectroscopy for biological characterization. He manages research to build 3D hyperspectral confocal fluorescence microscopy, Raman imaging, and neutron reflectivity systems to characterize biochemical pathways and protein-membrane interactions within cells. These studies are used to understand, measure, and manipulate lipid synthesis and to understand pathogenecity in algae. Martino is author of over 50 patents and peer-reviewed publications and over 100 conference proceedings and presentations.