Matt Kellinger, PhD

Head of Biochemistry & Co-Founder

Matt co-founded Element Biosciences and brings a wealth of biotechnology experience to the company.


He was previously at Illumina, where he served as a Staff Scientist, working on polymerase engineering and characterization of multi-enzyme systems to support and develop the future of genome sequencing enzymes. Matt has published his work on DNA sequencing using polymerase substrate-binding kinetics.


He holds a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Texas where he employed pre-steady state kinetic characterization and global analysis data fitting of HIV Reverse Transcriptase to elucidate drug resistance mechanisms. He also holds a Bachelor’s in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Maryland. In his free time he enjoys thinking about science.