Matt Marshall aims to incorporate improved efficiency and ease of use to data informatics systems in the Public Health sector. Matt is a bioinformatics scientist that brings extensive experience building computers, coding bioinformatics pipelines, and resolving software compatibility issues to advance informatics and data flow. Throughout his career, Matt has conducted diverse research projects that include: 1) Assessing the sustainability of intercropping biofuel crops in a managed pine forest on local fauna, 2) Using population genetics to examine the environmental forces that drive natural selection for temperature-sensitive phenotypic plasticity, 3) Constructing a denovo genetic map of Plantago lanceolata and conducting QTL mapping to understand the genetic architecture underlying thermal plasticity, 4) Optimizing procedures for isolating cell-free DNA from liquid biopsies, and 5) Examining genetic variation in cell-free DNA to identify genetic variants for cancer screening and management.
Matt is passionate about effectively communicating science. Through his immense interest in different aspects of biology, Matt has developed a unique ability to comprehend and communicate science in a valuable way with experts in different scientific fields, and with laypeople alike. Communicating science, coupled with his understanding of abstract biological concepts and phenomena has allowed Matt to excel at teaching, presenting science to the public, and to build close collaborations with colleagues. He has over 14 years of experience teaching science to diverse audiences including students from grade-school to graduate-school, college faculty, and the public. Matt continues to use technology to develop instructional materials ranging from formal educational curricula to instructional materials.
Matt earned a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from St. John Fisher College. Matt completed his Masters degree in Biology, and his PhD in Environmental Health Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.