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Mr Matt Irwin BSc

MRes Advanced Biological Science student

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Matt Irwin is an MRes Advanced Biological Sciences student within the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I graduated with a degree in Environmental sciences from the University of the West of England in 2020.

For my undergraduate dissertation I investigated the possible use of a new type of biofilter for the treatment of natural river water for consumption purposes.

Research interests

In the summer of 2018 I worked with the Environment Agency as part of the river and bathing water testing and monitoring team.

In the following summer of 2019 I worked within a startup company as a research and development intern helping to refine a natural swimming pool filtration system.

This previous work linked with my undergrad disseration which applied the same biofiltration technique to the treatment of river water for offgrid water sanitisation.

Why I chose MRes Advanced Biological Science
Within the spheres of environemntal sciences there has been incresing demand for scientists with an understaning of molecular biology. I have therefore choosen to undertake an MRes degree where I am able to work on a research project whilst expanding my microbial and molecular knowledge.

Aims for the future
After completing my Masters degree I intend to continue my academic work within the field of environmental microbiology through a PhD. After completing a PhD I intend to either stay within academia or pursure entrepreneurship throught the development of environmental biotechnologies.

Supervisor: Professor Jeremy Webb

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MRes Advanced Biological Science

Mr Matt Irwin
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ
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