Emily Carlson Marti joined NCATS as its communications director in 2019. In this role, she oversees the team responsible for developing and implementing communications strategies that raise awareness of NCATS — its mission, activities and outcomes — among researchers, journalists, patients and other key audiences.
Her work at NCATS builds upon years of experience as a science writer, public affairs specialist, content strategist and communications leader. Marti started her career in 2001 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she wrote about advances from labs across the campus. After arriving at NIH in 2004, she spent 13 years promoting NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences through creative and collaborative approaches, including blogs and a partnership with a major science news outlet. During this time, she served as deputy communications director and, for a short period, acting communications director. Most recently, Marti led the editorial team at NIH’s All of Us Research Program that developed and edited material to inform, recruit and retain participants in this million-person cohort program.
Marti holds a B.A. in English from Grinnell College and an M.A. in science writing from Johns Hopkins University.
As a science writer for many years, Marti is passionate about finding new ways — and improving old ones — to excite audiences about research and its value. At the same time, she’s committed to responsible science communication, so audiences also understand the potential and appreciate the process.