Matt Tarnowski

PhD Student

Current Appointments:

Previous Appointments:

PhD Synthetic Biology, University of Bristol, 2018-2022
MChem Chemistry, University of Sheffield, 2010-2014
Graduate Programme, AstraZeneca, 2014-2016

Twitter: @co_evolver

GitHub: pluralise

Interests: nanopore sequencing, bioinformatics, genotype-phenotype maps, microbiology, responsible innovation, agroecology, ecosystem restoration, fermentation, soil science, one health


4th year PhD using nanopore sequencing to engineer novel genetic tools and methods to study them. Enjoying applying microbiology on the side: growing and fermenting food, beverages, compost and biofertiliser. Co-founder of South-West Agroecology Network. Future research directions: agroecology, fermentation, one health and ecosystem restoration.

All publications

Soil as a transdisciplinary research catalyst: from bioprospecting to biorespecting
Tarnowski M.J., Varliero G., Scown J., Phelps E., Gorochowski T.E.
Royal Society Open Science 10, 230963, 2023.

Massively parallel characterisation of engineered transcript isoforms using direct RNA sequencing
Tarnowski M.J., Gorochowski T.E.
Nature Communications 13, 434, 2022.

Living computers powered by biochemistry
Greco F.V., Tarnowski M.J., Gorochowski T.E.
The Biochemist 41, 14-18, 2019.

Talks and posters

  • Pooled Sequencing Enables High-Throughput Genetic Circuit Characterisation, FEMS2019, 8th Congress of European Microbiologists (Systems Microbiology Session), SEC, Glasgow, UK (Jul 2019)
  • Bristol's One City Plan: an interdisciplinary dialogue on a sustainable future city, University of Bristol Research Without Borders Festival, Watershed, Bristol, UK (May 2019)
  • Pooled Assembly and Pooled Sequencing for High-Throughput Empirical Studies of Genotype-Phenotype maps, CECAM workshop - From sequences to functions - challenges in the computation of realistic genotype-phenotype maps, CECAM-ES, University of Zaragoza, Spain (Mar 2019)
  • Investigating Robustness of a Genetic Part In Silico - Robustness of RBS Function to Single Nucleotide Substitution, SynBio, We The Curious, Bristol, UK (Nov 2018)
  • Systematics Informed Synthetic Biology, 20th Young Systematists' Forum, Natural History Museum, London, UK (Nov 2018)