Matthew is in the final throes of a PhD investigating the effects of a processed diet on gut homeostasis and the impact this has on diabetic kidney disease. He has presented his findings at a number of international conferences, each in a location more exotic then the last: Tokyo, Lisbon, Perth.
Earlier this year he was a Victorian Finalist in Famelab, a global science communication competition. He has written for The Conversation and has run science classes during National Science Week and Melbourne Knowledge Week.
“Existing at a point where science meets storytelling, Laborastory is a night of five scientists telling stories about personal heroes from their field.
Sometimes serious but often funny, this different take on storytelling will switch on your scientific brain and you might even learn something!"
”The Laborastory is great for two main reasons. Firstly, there's nothing quite like listening to someone talk about something they deeply understand - and who understands science better than scientists? Secondly, most of history's greatest scientists were batshit insane, so the stories about them are always top-notch."
”So much fun! It should be required post-grad/doc/prof experience!"
— Dr Colin Hales
“As for the storytelling itself, for the most part it was roll-on-the-floor funny. These guys and gals were naturals. Or, perhaps, they have inhaled, imbibed or injected so many weird chemicals that they are actually cracked. Either way, it was a great night."
— Bait for Bookworms