Martin Jonikas obtained a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004. He completed his Ph.D. in 2009 at the University of California, San Francisco working with Jonathan Weissman, Maya Schuldiner and Peter Walter on high-throughput genetics and protein folding in the endoplasmic reticulum. In 2010 he started his laboratory at the Carnegie Institution for Science on Stanford campus. In 2016, he moved his laboratory to Princeton. He is the recipient of a 2010 Air Force Young Investigator Award, a 2015 NIH New Innovator Award, a 2016 Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Simons Foundation Faculty Scholar Award, and a 2020 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science.