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 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. Now I'm back in Sydney at the EMBL Australia Node for Single Molecule Science. My scientific interests are in applying novel nanotechnology to biological problems such as the evolution of molecular machines.

In Canberra 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. In the last few years 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. My most recent work was a feature documentary about dancehall music recorded on location in Kingston, Jamaica. Currently I am 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.

I have fenced for over 20 years and currently fence Mens Epee in Australia, having fenced internationally for the Australian team for many years. I enjoy bass music and run Sensible Dancehall in Australia. The Sensible Dancehall radio show is broadcast on Bondi Beach Radio every Saturday between 10am and 12pm Sydney Time, and has been running for over 3 years.