Dr. Martin’s overarching research aims include the development of technologies and discoveries that have the largest possible impact on patients through the process of improvements in MRI for safer, more accurate and earlier diagnosis of important diseases to yield cost-effective use of MRI for patient care. The major areas of investigation have targeted oncology and transplantation. He has concentrated on MRI techniques for characterization of pathology and pathophysiological processes with emphasis on the development of non-invasive, safe, diagnostic and clinically-practical methods for early disease detection or screening, and for characterization of disease with specificity that can supplant traditional x-ray based and invasive tissue histopathology techniques. His research focus is based upon the blending of both observational sciences and use of technology innovation through improvements in engineering of existing MRI systems. This includes developing MRI systems engineered to allow closing the gap between inexperienced and highly expert MRI facilities. His goals are to use research and development as the foundation for education and clinical excellence and to be able to translate improvements established in his center efficiently to other centers.