Matt completed his B.S. in biology with a minor in astronomy at Elon University. During his time as an undergraduate researcher in the Hamel lab, he studied animal behavior through the lens of evolutionary theory. After graduating, he spent two years in the Carstens lab at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine investigating the molecular mechanisms of alternative splicing, focusing on the interactome and regulatory role of RNA binding proteins during development. He now works with both the Tsai and Boyden labs to explore the effects of neurodegeneration on cognitive function. His personal research interests lie at the intersection of cellular/molecular biology, neuroscience, and behavior.