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Matt Harwood


I work with the Corre Research Group combining a combinative approach of bioinformatics, molecular microbiology, synthetic biology and analytical chemistry to discover and produce novel natural products from different UK soil samples. My project aims to isolate and sequence a number of UK Actinobacteria and exploit them for their biosynthetic potential using Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) using long read technology from Oxford Nanopore. Biosynthetic gene clusters will then be cloned into a novel Streptomyces coelicolor superhost that will also be developed during the project.

I have an interest in education and science policy and pedagogic research. I spent 3 months with the Royal Society of Biology in the Education Policy team working on education curriculum strategy, science timetabling and education development. I have also undertaken invigilator and ambassadorial duties for the School of Life Sciences for many years and am involved in undergraduate skills teaching and learning.

I am an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Biology (AMRSB) and am currently working towards the Registered Scientist (RSci) professional registrar award with the Science Council.


| 2018-22 | Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Life Sciences | University of Warwick | Current |

| 2017-18 | Master of Science by Research (MScR) in Biological Sciences | University of Warwick | Awarded |

| 2014-17 | Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Medical Microbiology & Virology | University of Warwick | First Class |


Associate Member of the Royal Society of Biology (AMRSB)

Member of the Biological Education Research Group (BERG)

Early Career Scientist Member of the Society for Applied Microbiology

Postgraduate Student Member of the Microbiology Society



Twitter: @MattPHarwood