Asst. Director of Clinical Trial & Science Communications
As Assistant Director of Clinical Trial & Science Communications, Mat leads the writing, design, and development of clinical trial summaries and science communication materials, with a focus on our Clearly Communicating Clinical Trials (C3T) program.
Mat loves solving problems. The more complicated the science, the more challenging the numbers, the more jumbled the words, the more he geeks out over it. He enjoys the creative challenge in taking an incomprehensible mess and turning it into something the public can understand and use.
Mat has always been an educator, so the transition from formal education to science and clinical trial education, was natural. At HLM, he's a writer, designer, and our go-to guy for number crunching, data analysis, and data visualization. On the C3T team, he wears all of those hats at the same time. While research experts write their clinical trial summaries for other researchers, HLM experts, like Mat, write plain language summaries so that anyone interested in the results can understand them. When he’s not deciphering a clinical trial, he writes and edits documents with the plain language team, reviews relevant research, and teases out meaning from mountains of data.
His previous experience focused on using science to empower underserved youth. Through the Saint Louis Science Center, he helped establish a new gallery on 21st century agriculture and designed educational programs on renewable energy and entrepreneurship. Before that, Mat worked as a bench scientist in plant genetics and third generation biofuels at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
Mat holds bachelor’s degrees in both chemistry and science education.