phatMattBaker

I grew up in New Zealand and Australia, and went to university at the Australian National University in Canberra where I completed my honours degree studying the fluctuation theorems which govern how often things go backwards. I completed a DPhil in Physics at Oxford University studying the Bacterial Flagellar Motor, a nanoscale rotary electric motor which makes bacteria swim, and then worked on protein transport in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry for a few years. I returned to Sydney to work in structural biology at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and started my own research group in Evolutionary Biophysics in 2018 in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at UNSW Sydney. My scientific interests are in applying novel nanotechnology to biological problems such as the evolution of molecular machines. Candidates interested in joining us to ask questions about the origins of complexity are encouraged to visit my research page and get in touch.

In Canberra in the early 2000s I began MCing at local venues and parties, and eventually discovered slam poetry, where I loved entertaining audiences with only 3 minutes. I enjoy combining my interest in the oddities of nature's nanomachines with the rhythms of spoken word. I've performed at the Green Man Festival, the Cheltenham Science Festival, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, London's first Ignite event, the Festival of the Spoken Nerd and opened the Geekpop Live Bristol Launch. I enjoy content radio as 'news poetry' and I have produced and presented some work on Radio National following my Top 5 Under 40 residency at the at the ABC. The radio work I am most proud of was a feature documentary about dancehall music recorded on location in Kingston, Jamaica. I have been the science correspondent for Nightlife hosted by Phillip Clark, the late night show broadcast on ABC Local throughout Australia between 10pm and 2am Mon-Thu. Currently I have a regular role on Koori FM as the 'Matt Scientist' on Puha and Porkbones Show.

I have fenced for over 20 years. I formerly fenced Men's Epee for Australia, and in 2017 began fencing for New Zealand. I enjoy bass music and run Sensible Dancehall in Australia. My radio show is broadcast on Bondi Beach Radio every Saturday between 10am and 12pm Sydney Time, and has been running for over 5 years, but is a little inactive of late.