About Matt

After growing up in the Baltimore suburb of Owings Mills, I completed my undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Biology. During my time there I worked in the lab of Dr. Craig Pikaard investigating chromatin silencing and gene expression. I then received my PhD from The Johns Hopkins University where I was mentored by Dr. Brendan Cormack in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. There I studied the yeast cell wall and how cell wall proteins affect pathogenesis of Candida glabrata. My post-doctoral training was at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the laboratory of Dr. Ralph Baric where I studied the Innate Immune Response to the SARS Coronavirus. After my post-doctoral fellowship I joined the faculty in The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at The University of Maryland School of Medicine where I began my own lab in July of 2009. My lab studies the Pathogenesis and Host Response of the SARS Coronavirus.

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Education

Undergraduate Education 

1994-1998   Washington University in St Louis

St Louis, MO

B.A. in Biology

Undergraduate Research in the lab of Dr. Craig Pikaard

                       RNA polymerase I transcription and rDNA silencing in Brassica.

 Graduate Education 

1998-2004   Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore MD

Cellular and Molecular Medicine Graduate Program

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Lab of Dr. Brendan Cormack

PhD Thesis “Cell Wall Proteins of S. cerevisiae and C. glabrata

Post-Doctoral Training

2004- 2009        University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Ralph Baric

Department of Epidemiology/Department of Microbiology and Immunology

The SARS-CoV pathogenesis and interaction with the host immune system

Research Experience

1994-1998   Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Biology

Undergraduate Research in the lab of Dr. Craig Pikaard

                       RNA polymerase I transcription and rDNA silencing in Brassica.

1998-2004  Graduate Research in the lab of Dr. Brendan Cormack

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, JHU

Structure and Function Analysis of the GPI-anchored Adhesin of C glabrata

EPA1 and other EPA family members

Factors Determining GPI Anchored Protein Localization in Yeast.

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