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About Matthew Bates

Matthew graduated in 1999 with a BSc in Biotechnology from the University of Leeds. After spending two years working as a teacher in Ghana he then returned to the U.K to take an MSc in Virology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). After a brief period working on virotherapeutics with University College London (UCL) he returned to the LSHTM to undertake a PhD in molecular virology supervised by Dr Ursula Gompels (Viva 2010), studying the molecular epidemiology of betaherpesviruses in Zambian children. Matthew then undertook 7 years of postdoctoral work in Zambia, initially coordinating several large clinical diagnostic trials of a novel close-to-point-of-care diagnostic for tuberculosis (The Xpert MTB/RIF assay), under the supervision of Prof Sir Alimuddin Zumla at UCL. In 2012 Matthew was promoted to direct the medical research and capacity development partnership between UCL and the University of Zambia ( in which role he broadened the partnership’s research and training portfolio, establishing a mentorship programme for post-graduate students (, and initiating autopsy and pathology studies and studies on congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections and CMV pneumonia. Matthew initiated a charitable fund to support the neonatal unit at the University Teaching Hospital in Zambia, and embedded an important aetiology study documenting endemic multi-drug resistant klebsiella infections in neonates, requiring more rapid diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In 2012 Matthew collaborated with Zambian colleagues to establish their own medical research and training organization in Zambia called HerpeZ ( which seeks to raise funding for research and integrated research training activities on neglected viral and bacterial infections, including emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. In 2017 Matthew was appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln from where he continues to develop his infectious disease diagnostics research and training portfolio. 

Department Responsibilities

Developing research portfolio and contributing to infectious disease components of primarily MSc but also undergraduate courses.

Subject Specialism

Infectious disease diagnostics and global health


  • PhD Molecular Virology — London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 2010
  • MSc Virology — London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 2003
  • BSc Biotechnology — University of Leeds, 1999


  • Outstanding Research Team — European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership,
  • Award for Global Impact — UCL Hospitals Trust,
  • Best International Collaboration — Times Higher Education Awards,

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Research Interests

  • diagnostics

  • Genomics

  • Infectious diseases

  • tuberculosis

  • virology

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • University of Zambia — Honorary Senior Lecturer
  • University College London — Honorary Research Associate
  • HerpeZ — Director