Dr Matthew Twigg

Research Associate in Microbial Biotechnology Ulster University


Dr. Matthew Twigg obtained a B.Sc. (hon.) from King’s College London in Biochemistry before continuing his postgraduate education at The University of Nottingham where he obtained an M.Sc. in Molecular Medical Microbiology and a Ph.D. In his thesis Dr. Twigg investigated the interplay between the green seaweed Ulva and its indigenous bacterial population and successfully demonstrated that Ulva‘s germination is modulated via quorum sensing molecules produced by bacteria present in the immediate environment.

After completing his Ph.D Dr. Twigg went on to a postdoctoral post at Queen’s University Belfast where he undertook a commercially funded project investigating how specific proteases could be utilised as biomarkers for bacterial driven exacerbation in CF lung disease. He then returned to the field of marine microbiology by joining the Microbial Biotechnology Research Group at Ulster University. Working on the EU funded MARISURF project Dr. Twigg spearheaded a work package that aimed to utilise molecular biology driven techniques to increase production yields of surface-active compounds synthesised by novel marine bacteria. His current project focuses on the investigation of biosurfactant compounds as novel anti-cancer theriputics using both in vitro and in vivo models.

Dr. Twigg has a published a number of papers in the field of marine microbiology, surface-active compound production and respiratory science. He has also presented his work on surface-active compound production at two international conferences.

Away from microbiology Matthew is a swashbuckling geek due to his interest in fencing and a lifelong passion for the science fiction show Star Trek.