Matthew is currently a Ph.D. student working on collaborative projects with Dr. Zhiwu Zhang and Dr. Stephen Ficklin. He has a diverse educational background with a Master's degree in Biomedical Science and Bachelor's degrees in Microbiology and Anthropology. After working in industry optimizing molecular marker assays, he was inspired to return to academia to pursue a Ph.D. in molecular plant science. He is leveraging his budding interests in high-performance computing and data science to create bioinformatics methods that combine gene co-expression networks with statistical genomics to identify gene systems associated with agronomic traits. His goal is to develop intuitive tools that help plant scientists identify novel genetic targets for engineering agronomic traits such as disease resistance, abiotic stress tolerance, and end-use quality.