Matthew Scotch

Matthew Scotch

Faculty Member, Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, College of Health Solutions


Dr. Matthew Scotch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Assistant Director of the Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the theory and application of phylogeography to study the migration of zoonotic RNA viruses with a particular interest in influenza A viruses.  Work in his lab includes the integration, analysis, and presentation of viral genetics for public health/animal health surveillance.
Current projects include studying approaches to advance:

  •     Phylogeography models in order to identify climate, population, and genetic factors that support viral spread. Funding: NIH/NLM R01LM012080
  •     Geospatial metadata in virus sequence databases and approaches to include observation error for virus phylogeography. Funding: NIH/NIAID R01AI117011

Dr. Scotch’s lab is also interested in the molecular epidemiology of zoonotic viruses including the amplification and sequencing of influenza A genes for studying spread among avian and human hosts.

Dr. Scotch received a Masters in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University, a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Yale University. He also did his postdoctoral training at Yale University.
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