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Biological SciencesPostgraduate study

Mr Matt Sherwood BSc, MRes

Postgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences

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Matt Sherwood is a PhD student at the University of Southampton researching how we can utilise the Zika virus to treat and cure aggressive childhood brain tumours.

Research interests

My main research interest is the development of novel therapies against aggressive brain tumours.

My PhD research focuses on understanding the ability of the Zika virus to infect and kill aggressive cancer cells from childhood brain tumours- a therapeutic property of the virus which was first documented by our Brazilian collaborators.

My work aims to study how Zika utilises and manipulates pathways and mechanisms within the cancer cells to kill them, and how we can utilise these findings for therapeutic purposes.

Working with collaborators, our ultimate goal is to progress a Zika-based therapy through clinical trials and out into the clinic. 

PhD supervision: Dr Rob EwingDr Paul Skipp

Title of my PhD: Towards new therapeutic strategies: Zika-driven oncolysis of brain tumor cells.

Research funding agency/body: PhD candidature is joint funded by Wessex Medical Trust and Rosetrees Trust. 

Research group

Computational and Systems Biology

Affiliate research group

The Okamoto research group based at the University of São Paulo, Brazil

  • Ewing Laboratory Manager

Membership of External Organisations:

  • Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO)
  • British Society for Proteome Research (BSPS)


BIOL2052  Neuroscience

BIOL3063  Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

Mr Matt Sherwood
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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