Dr Matthew Vernon, MRCVS | Principal Systems Administrator

Vernon, Matthew

Matthew is part of the Informatics Support Group (ISG) at Sanger. He is currently most heavily involved in maintaining and developing the institute's Ceph clusters.

Matthew joined the Sanger in 2016. Prior to that, he worked at the University of Cambridge in the Computing Service. Before moving to work in IT, he was a veterinary epidemiologist advising the Scottish Government on control of animal disease outbreaks.

Matthew has been a Debian developer since 1999, and has a PhD in "spatial spread of farm animal diseases"; he has spoken at a number of scientific and technical conferences in Europe and the USA.


  • Social encounter networks: characterizing Great Britain.

    Danon L, Read JM, House TA, Vernon MC and Keeling MJ

    Proceedings. Biological sciences 2013;280;1765;20131037

  • Impact of regulatory perturbations to disease spread through cattle movements in Great Britain.

    Vernon MC and Keeling MJ

    Preventive veterinary medicine 2012;105;1-2;110-7

  • Demographics of cattle movements in the United Kingdom.

    Vernon MC

    BMC veterinary research 2011;7;31

  • Networks and the epidemiology of infectious disease.

    Danon L, Ford AP, House T, Jewell CP, Keeling MJ et al.

    Interdisciplinary perspectives on infectious diseases 2011;2011;284909

  • Individual identity and movement networks for disease metapopulations.

    Keeling MJ, Danon L, Vernon MC and House TA

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2010;107;19;8866-70

  • Postal survey of contacts between cattle farms on the Isle of Lewis.

    Vernon MC, Webb CR and Heath MF

    The Veterinary record 2010;166;2;37-40

  • Representing the UK's cattle herd as static and dynamic networks.

    Vernon MC and Keeling MJ

    Proceedings. Biological sciences 2009;276;1656;469-76

  • Construction of networks with intrinsic temporal structure from UK cattle movement data.

    Heath MF, Vernon MC and Webb CR

    BMC veterinary research 2008;4;11

  • Tensin stabilizes integrin adhesive contacts in Drosophila.

    Torgler CN, Narasimha M, Knox AL, Zervas CG, Vernon MC and Brown NH

    Developmental cell 2004;6;3;357-69

Vernon, Matthew
Matthew's Timeline

Principal System Administrator, Wellcome Sanger Institute


Chairman of the Board of Scrutiny, University of Cambridge


University Computer Officer, University of Cambridge


Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiologist, SRUC


Research Fellow, University of Warwick