Professor Matthew Wood graduated in Medicine from the University of Cape Town, working in clinical neuroscience before gaining a doctorate in Physiological Sciences from the University of Oxford. Matthew Wood is currently Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford as well as Associate Head of the Medical Sciences Division responsible for Research. Professor Wood has a distinguished international profile and co-leads several research initiatives.
Matthew’s research is in field of gene therapy for degenerative disorders of the nervous system and muscle. The main focus is the investigation of novel therapeutic approaches utilising short nucleic acids to target messenger RNA. Targeting RNA has the potential to allow modification of the target transcript, reprogramming of endogenous genetic defects or the targeting of specific disease alleles, all the while maintaining endogenous regulation of the target gene.