Martina was born in Sicily, Italy, where she completed her BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Palermo. During her undergraduate studies she spent a year of Erasmus exchange at the University of Greenwich (London, UK), where she expanded her practical laboratory knowledge. She then did a MSc in Neuroscience at University College London (UK), in Prof. Paola Pedarzani's lab, where she stayed for another year working as a Research Assistant. She studied ion channel molecular physiology and their role in regulating excitability and firing properties of neurons, by using whole-cell patch-clamp electrophysiological recordings, in combination with selective pharmacology. Martina joined the Bowie Lab in January 2017.