Jacob Martens

Immunology Program Graduate Student Candidate


Jacob graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2020 with a major in Bioinformatics and minors in Computer Science, Chemistry, and Mathematics. During his time at UNO, Jacob completed an internship at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) where he worked on categorizing the response of the bat immune system to viral epitopes and understanding B cell diversity of the bat immune system. At UNO, Jacob also worked in the lab of Paul Denton, where the work focused on developing immunotherapies that promote NK cell responses to malignancies.

Research Interests

Jacob is broadly interested in both etiological and pathological mechanisms that contribute to autoimmune diseases.


2020: Outstanding Major Honoree for Bioinformatics, University of Nebraska at Omaha
2016-2020: Walter Scott, Jr. Scholar, University of Nebraska at Omaha


Martens JWS, Xu J, Goughenour KD, Subbiah H, Kwak DL, Parkin BL, Olszewski MA. “CXCR3 Gene Deletion in Murine Cryptococcal Meningoencephalitis Leads to a Shift in CD4-T Cell Transcriptional Profile Away from Hyperactive/Cytotoxic Phenotype.” American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting, Virtual. May 2021. Poster presentation.

Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities

Outside of the lab, Jacob enjoys reading, hiking, and playing/watching soccer (as a longtime fan of Manchester United).