Matt grew up in Leeds, England and received his undergraduate degree (MChem) from the University of Sheffield in 2001. Following this he moved to the University of Bristol to undertake graduate studies under the tutelage of Professor Tim Gallagher, developing new C-glycosidation reaction and received his Ph.D. in 2005. Upon graduating, he came to the US as an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Researcher at Colorado State University working with Professor Tom Rovis on asymmetric anhydride desymmetrizations and applications towards ionomycin. After 3 years in the US, he returned to the UK in 2008 to perform a second postdoctoral stint with Professor Tony Barrett at Imperial college London developing novel cyclin dependent kinase (CDK) inhibitors. In 2009, Matt obtained his first faculty position at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.
In January 2016, Matt and the group relocated to beautiful Bozeman, MT where he took up a faculty position at Montana State University. He currently holds the rank of Assistant Professor and researches new synthetic methodology and medicinal chemistry. Matt is also a contributing editor to Synthetic Reaction Updates, a Royal Society of Chemistry database for novel chemical transformations.
Outside of work Matt enjoys exploring the mountains of Montana with his sidekick, Kelty the Golden Retriever who is good at Lewis and Clark poses. Other hobbies include biking (both mountain and road), skiing and snowshoeing.