Dr Matthew Midgley

Media Officer

Matt is first and foremost a storyteller, with experience across the commercial, cultural, academic and not-for-profit sectors. He has written plays for theatres, produced short films for banks, and made sense of complex data for a whole host of organisations. He helps to promote the Sanger's exciting genome research to the wider world. 

Though I was new to science writing when I joined the Sanger, I quickly became hooked on the excitement and variety of the role. Within a few months, I had covered stories from across the Institute’s five Programmes, from the brown trout genome to the origin of malaria, the genetic roots of cancer and the extraordinary adaptability of some pretty scary pathogens.

Outside of work, I am passionate about nature and conservation – so much so that before joining the Sanger I spent six months exploring the spectacular forests, deserts, mountains and coastlines of South America.

With the Sanger Institute’s prominent role in the Darwin Tree of Life project, I am enjoying the challenge of communicating the science of genomics and how it can help to preserve the wonderful biodiversity of our planet. A big part of this challenge is reaching out to new audiences who may not necessarily associate the secrets of DNA with the survival of the dormouse.

Though primarily a writer, I also have an interest in visual storytelling, including photography, video and animation.

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