Matthew received a degree in Genetics from Swansea University in 2012 with his undergraduate thesis concerning k-mer repeats in the human genome. In 2013 Matthew received a Masters in Bioinformatics from Cardiff University with his dissertation involving the discovery of secondary metabolite gene clusters of various bacteria.
Matthew studied for a PhD in Medical Microbiology from 2013 at the University of Liverpool, analysing the International Pseudomonas Genomics Consortium Dataset. His thesis was concerned with the genetic basis of adaptation by Pseudomonas aeruginosa to the Cystic Fibrosis Lung and is currently being submitted.
He is currently a Research Associate working on determining the metabolism of the first eukaryote. Using ancestral sequence reconstruction, metabolic modelling and working primarily in the programming language Python, contemporary eukaryotic genomes will be employed to better understand the capabilities of the first eukaryotic cells.