Matthew Scotch

Assoc Professor
College of Health Solutions BM
Faculty Member
Environmental Health Engineering

Location: DTPHX

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

  • Bioinformatics for Public Health (systems that leverage molecular sequence data to support decision-making at health agencies)
  • Zoonotic disease surveillance (linking health data on animal and humans)
  • Phylogeography of zoonotic RNA viruses
  • Molecular epidemiology of zoonotic RNA viruses
  • Sequencing and analysis of the Influenza A genome
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP)

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Matthew Scotch is an associate 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.