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Matt Bawn studied physics and worked as an engineer in industry before studying a PhD in biochemistry. He has undertaken postdoctoral positions in New York and Peru and is currently a post-doctoral research associate based jointly at the Earlham Institute and Quadram Institutes working on pathogen evolution.
Matt applies bioinformatics solutions to research questions concerning the evolution of bacterial pathogens via their interaction with the environment, their hosts and horizontal-gene transfer and implications for human. His work in his current position has addressed the biological evolution of pathogenicity and its impact to epidemiology and also method development of tools for the detection of horizontal gene transfer in bacteria.
Recently Matt has adjusted his research trajectory towards questions of population genetics and has developed a collaboration using single-cell sequencing and in-vitro evolution to determine the effect of sub-inhibitory concentrations of antibiotics on bacterial evolution.