Matthew was born and raised in the Kingston area. He completed his B.Sc.Hons. in Life Sciences at Queen’s University in 1994, and subsequently worked as a molecular biologist at Health Canada’s Laboratory Centre for Disease Control in Ottawa for two years. He received his medical doctorate from the University of Manitoba in 2000, and then successfully completed residencies in internal medicine at University of Toronto, and infectious diseases and medical microbiology at McGill University. He is now being pursued actively by the alumni donor associations of all four universities.
His research interest in Clostridium difficile started during residency, when he co-authored a major article in the New England Journal of Medicine describing the multi-centre C. difficile epidemic in Montréal-area hospitals. From August 2006 until July 2008, his post-doctoral research fellowship at McGill was supported by a salary award funded by CIHR, AMMI Canada, CFID and Bayer Healthcare. Mentored by Drs. Ken Dewar and Andre Dascal, his research centred on using bioinformatics to improve diagnostics and therapeutics for C. difficile. He has since presented and published in areas including hand hygiene methods effective against C. difficile, infectious diarrhea, novel influenza A H1N1 and application of molecular biology techniques for improved screening and diagnosis of disease. He has also been principal investigator in clinical trials for novel C. difficile therapeutics, and co-PI of a CIHR-funded Proof-of-Principle grant on applying PCR techniques to quantifying alterations in intestinal microflora populations due to C. difficile and other disease states.
He is currently an assistant professor of medicine at McGill, and an attending physician with the Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Microbiology at the Jewish General Hospital in Montréal, Québec. He is married to Dr. Leyla Korany, has three children, and washes his hands frequently.
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