Matthew Owens (né Simmonte) was born in Edinburgh and raised in the East Lothian village of Longniddry. After deciding to pursue a career in science he attended Edinburgh Napier University to study Biomedical Sciences. He graduated with 1st class honours and received the Society of Biology’s Top Bioscience Student Award in 2010. After gaining some professional experience in the field of chemistry, he returned to study at the University of Edinburgh and completed his MRes in Neuroscience in 2012. Matthew joined the Bradley Group shortly after to work on the Medical Research Scotland-funded project ‘polymer microarrays for biomedical applications’. At the interface of chemistry and biology, Matthew created microarrays for the high-throughput evaluation of biocompatible polymers for novel applications. These included substrates for selective attachment of cancer cells, and polymers for the scavenging of inflammatory molecules from blood.
Following the completion of his PhD, Matthew now continues his work within the Bradley group as a research associate. As part of the Scottish Enterprise-funded High-Growth Spinout Programme, Matthew is developing a polymer technology for the capture of circulating cell-free DNA as a method of improving the diagnosis and monitoring of cancer in collaboration with Professor Tim Aitman at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, University of Edinburgh.
Outside of work, Matthew lives a life of leisure, enjoying music (listening, playing, composing), and cooking.