Maryanne Martone 

Maryann E. Martone, PhD 

Professor Emeritus


Contact Information

Atkinson Hall Room: 3109

Phone: 858-822-0745
Fax: 858-534-7497

Mailing Address:
9500 Gilman Drive # 0446
La Jolla, CA 92093-0446

I am a neuroanatomist by training, but for the past decade I have been working in the area of neuroinformatics to increase access to and utilization of neuroscience data. Just as science was able to harness the power of the printing press to foster scientific communication and collaboration, we must now establish the means for communicating and utilizing the internet for scientific communication and discovery. For this reason, I have been working in the area of knowledge representation in the neurosciences, first through the Cell Centered Database and Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) projects and now within the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF). I am PI of the NIF project, which under my direction has grown into the largest source of neuroscience data and tools on the web. Through NIF and my neuroscience background, I have a unique global perspective on issues in data sharing and utilization in the neurosciences and have gained considerable insight and expertise in working with diverse biomedical data. I served as the US Scientific Representative to the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility from 2008-2011, and am currently the Chair of their Council for Technology, Science and Infrastructure, which advises on their scientific direction and effectiveness in serving infrastructure needs.  We have recently extended the NIF framework to develop data portals for NIDDK ( and other communities. I recently completed my tenure as President of FORCE11, the Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming scholarly communication, growing the organization from 50 to over 1500 membersI am Editor-in-Chief of Brain and Behavior, an open access journal for neuroscience.  I recently retired from the University, but am still active as an Emeritus professorI recently completed two years as Chair of the Academic Senate Committee on Information Technology (CAIT) and will serve as the co-chair of the UC wide committee on Academic Computing (UCACC).  I serve as the Director of Biosciences for, a non-profit tech organization developing technology to annotate the web. I am one of the co-founders of, a start up company that is developing a sustainable business model around NIF and dkNET technologies.

ORCID Profile

Articles in PubMed

Year Award
2005 Outstanding Teaching Award for Basic Neurosciences
University of California, San Diego
1996-1997 Outstanding Teaching Award for Basic Neurosciences
University of California, San Diego
1990-1993 Post-doctoral Training Grant Award
1985-1987 Pre-doctoral Training Grant Award
1982 Elected Sigma Xi, Associate Member
Sigma Xi
1981 Elected Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa