Matt works in the field of plant science where he studies wheat. His research focus is on understanding the hormonal regulation of pollen development and how exposure to high temperatures can disrupt normal development, leading to male sterility and consequently significant yield losses. With rising global temperatures, yield losses are projected to increase.
In 2016, Matt graduated with a First Class (Mbiol) Hons in Biological Sciences from the University of Durham. He has pursued his interest in biology by studying for a PhD in collaboration with the University of Nottingham and Rothamsted.
Matt’s PhD project aims to apply reverse genetics, transcriptomics, hormonomics and the application of synthetic hormones to understand wheat’s response to heat stress.
- Understanding the role of phytohormones in controlling heat stress tolerance during pollen development in wheat
- 2016 - Mbiol (First-class Hons) of Biological Sciences, University of Durham, UK