Matt graduated from Haverford College with a B.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Harvard University. At Harvard he discovered TRIM5, an antiviral protein that inhibits HIV infection of Old World monkey cells. The discovery of TRIM5 answered the long-standing question of why monkeys, but not humans, are resistant to HIV/AIDS. In 2007, Matt was awarded the General Electric and Science Magazine Grand Prize for Young Life Scientists. His articles have appeared in Science Magazine, Nature Magazine, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Virology, the L.A. Times, the Washington Post, and the Wilson Quarterly. He has conducted research in China, Lesotho, Uganda and Nigeria. From 2007-2009 Matt worked at U.S. State Department as a member of the Secretary of State’s Office.