Martin Korte was born in 1964 in Germany. After completing his diploma in biology in Münster, Tübingen and that the NIH, Bethesda Martin Korte began his doctoral training at the MPI of Brain Research in Frankfurt in 1992 and moved to the MPI of Psychiatry to Martinsried in 1993. He completed his Ph.D. in 1995. He stayed at the MPI for one year, before he moved to a position in the pharmaceutical industry for 2 years. In 1998 he moved to the MPI of Neurobiology in Munich-Martinsreid and became a research group leader.
In 2004 be became a Full Professor at the University of Braunschweig and the head of the Zoological Institute. From 2010-2012 he was the Viece President of the Tu Braunschweig. He received several awards and grants, including a fellowship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Humboldt-Stipend from the DFG, the Ars Legendi price for excellence in teaching, was elected as founding member of the Young Academy at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW) and Leopoldina and in 2013 he became an elected member of the BBAW. In his research he focusses on cellular aspects of learning, memory and forgetting.