Matthew Logsdon


College / University

Purdue University, Indianapolis

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Biochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry




Lab Experience

Standard biochemical techniques and experimental design relevant to enzymology

Projects / Research

  • 08/2012 – 08/2014: “Benzoylformate decarboxylase and the annotation problem.” Laboratory of M.J. McLeish at IUPUI. Project focused on the incorrect functional annotations of several ThDP-dependent enzymes
  • 05/2012 – 08/2012: "Evolution of the nitrogen cycle over the formation of a saltwater marsh ecosystem.” Laboratory of Behzad Mortazavi at DISL. Project attempted to quantify changes in nutrient flux due to presence of various levels of marsh vegetation.

Scholarships / Awards

2014 – 2015: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
04/2014: IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Student
08/2013: IUPUI School of Science Dean’s Scholarship
08/2013: Indiana Space Grant Consortium Scholarship
04/2013: Scott Alan Kent Memorial Scholarship (Chem. Dept. Award)
05/2012: NSF summer undergraduate research fellow (REU)
08/2010: IUPUI Academic scholarships (renewed for 4 years)


My current research interests lie broadly in the molecular mechanisms which allow for infectious agents to gain access to host cells and the complex interactions that manifest as various disease states. I am particularly interested in work of this nature carried out on so-called “rare or neglected diseases” as these collectively have a devastating effect on populations worldwide and often present intense and unique academic challenges.