Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize 2017 Winner


Dr Matthew Baker
Dr Matthew Baker
University of Strathclyde

 

Awarded for novel analytical methodologies for the detection and characterisation of molecules within complex matrices and their application towards human health and security

 


About the Winner


Matt was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at Strathclyde in October 2014. He established and leads the Spectral Analytics Laboratory whose vision is to understand the composition and behaviour of molecules in complex matrices. A major aim of his group is to understand molecular changes that occur during disease progression and to instigate rapid objective biofluid diagnostics. 

Matt was awarded an EPSRC Life Science Interface Fellowship directly from PhD undertaking research on "Spectrometric and Spectroscopic Molecular Pathology and Diagnosis" at the University of Manchester, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin and Harvard Medical School. He then moved back to the UK to work for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) part of the UK Ministry of Defence in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) domain as a Project Manager, Senior Scientist and Research Fellow before returning to academia in 2012 at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

He was awarded the 2016 Emerging Leader in Molecular Spectroscopy, BioDundee Business Innovation "Pitch Perfect" Winner and Top 30 Converge Challenge, Scotland's Leading Entrepreneurial Programme. Matt sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of Analyst and Spectroscopy and is an Editor of Vibrational Spectroscopy. He is also a founding director of the International Society for Clinical Spectroscopy (ClirSpec) which is committed to the translation of promising spectroscopic technologies to tackle global health challenges and he is CTO of a ClinSpec Diagnostics Ltd (ClinSpec Dx).

In 2015, he started the RSC twitter poster conference series focusing on analytical chemistry which is now in its 3rd year and has expanded to all areas of chemistry and managed 1,650 contributors, 6,473 tweets, an audience of 2,770,749 and 11,841,519 impressions in 2017


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