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Sarah R. Martha, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

PI of SMartha Laboratory

Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Building & Room:

716 NURS


845 South Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

Related Sites:

Selected Grants

NIH/NINR (K23NR019864), Lipidomics in Acute Ischemic Stroke: Relationship to Symptoms and Outcomes, PI

Sigma Theta Tau International/Western Institute of Nursing Research Grant (#17775), Lipid Profiles and Associated Symptoms and Outcomes in Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients, PI

Agnes Marshall Walker Foundation (AMWF) Research Grant, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN), Plasma Lipid Profiles, Symptoms, and Outcomes Following Acute Ischemic Stroke, PI

Selected Publications

Martha SR, Levy SH, Federico E, Levitt MR, Walker M. (2022) Machine Learning Analysis of the Cerebrovascular Thrombi Lipidome in Acute Ischemic Stroke. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing (JNN). doi:10.1097/JNN.0000000000000682.

Figuracion, K.C., Jung, W., and Martha, S.R. (2021). Ischemic Stroke Risk Among Adult Brain Tumor Survivors: Evidence to Guide Practice. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing (JNN), 2021;53(4) doi.10.1097/JNN.0000000000000606.

Martha, S.R., Chen, K., Lin, Y., and Thompson, H.J. (2020). Plasma Phospholipid Metabolites Associate with Functional Outcome Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Older Adults. Biological Research of Nursing (BRN): Microbiome and Metabolomics section,

Thompson, H.J., Martha, S.R., Wang, J., and Becker, K. (2020). Impact of Age on Plasma Inflammatory Biomarkers in the 6 Months Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (JHTR): Inflammation and Traumatic Brain Injury section, doi:10.1097/HTR.0000000000000606.

Martha, S.R., Auld, J., Hash, J., and Hong, H. (2020). Precision Health in Aging and Nursing Practice. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, doi:10.3928/00989134- 20200129-03.

Martha, S.R., Cheng, Q., Gong, L., Fraser, J.F., Collier, L.A., Davis, S.M., Lukins, D., Alhajeri, A., Grupke, S., and Pennypacker, K.R. (2020). Expression of Cytokines and Chemokines as Predictors for Stroke Outcomes in Acute Ischemic Stroke. Frontiers in Neurology: Immune Response to Cerebral Ischemia: Exploring Mechanisms and Potential Treatment Targets, Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology section, doi:10.3389/fneur.2019.01391.

Martha, S.R., Collier, L.A., Davis, S.M., Erol, A.,D., Lukins., D., Pennypacker, K.R., and Fraser, J.F. (2019). Evaluation of Sex Differences in Acid/Base and Electrolyte Concentrations in Acute Large Vessel Stroke. Experimental Neurology, doi:10.1016/j.expneurol.2019.113078.

Martha, S.R., Fraser, J.F., and Pennypacker, K.R. (2019). Acid-base and Electrolyte Changes Drive Early Pathology in Ischemic Stroke. NeuroMolecular Medicine,

Martha, S.R., Collier, L.A., Davis, S.M., Goodwin, S.J., Powell, D., Lukins., D., Fraser, J.F., and Pennypacker, K.R. (2019). Early Acid/Base and Electrolyte Changes in Permanent Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion: Aged Male and Female Rats. Journal of Neuroscience Research (JNR), doi:10.1002/jnr.24422.

Fraser, J.F., Collier, L.A., Martha, S.R., Gorman, A., Salmeron, K.E., Trout, A.L., Edwards, D.N., Davis, S.M., Lukins, D.E., Alhajeri, A., Grupke, S., Roberts, J.M., Bix, G.J., and Pennypacker, K.R. (2018) The Blood and Clot Thrombectomy Registry and Collaboration (BACTRAC) Protocol: Novel Method for Evaluating Human Stroke. Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery (JNIS), doi:10.1136/neurintsurg-2018-014118.

Martha, S.R., Collier, L.A., Davis, S.M., Seifert, H.A., Leonardo, C.C., Ajmo, C.T., Foran, E.A., Fraser, J.F., and Pennypacker, KR. (2018). Translational evaluation of acid/base and electrolyte alterations in rodent model of focal ischemia. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases (JSCVD), doi:10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis .2018.05.045.

Notable Honors

2022, Clinical Research Loan Repayment Award (LRP), National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

2022, Dr. Janet A. Deatrick Award for Assistant Professors, UIC College of Nursing

2018, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), Summer Genetics Institute Training Fellowship, National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Postdoctoral Fellowship Nursing Science, Omics and Symptom Science Training Program (T32016913), University of Washington
PhD Nursing, University of Kentucky
BSN Nursing, University of Kentucky
BS Biology, Portland State University