Matthew Scotch

College of Health Solutions BM
BDI Faculty Member
Biodesign EHE


Contact Information
(480) 727-2985


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University 2006-2008
  • M.P.H. Yale University 2007
  • Ph.D. Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh 2006
  • M.A. Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University 2002
  • B. A. Health and Society, University of Rochester, NY 1998

Research Interests

  • Genomic epidemiology of RNA viruses but mostly influenza
  • Phylodynamics
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Bioinformatics
  • DNA sequence databases and metadata enrichment
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP)

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Matthew Scotch is Professor of Biomedical Informatics in the College of Health Solutions 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 and geospatial metadata in virus sequence databases for virus surveillance (funding: NIH/NIAID R01AI117011) and analysis of viruses from wastewater using bioinformatics (funding: NIH/NLM 1R01LM013129).

His lab group 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.