Colette Matthewman

Colette Matthewman


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I work to develop relationships between external organisations in the marine, agricultural and environmental sectors and our world-leading researchers at UEA. I am the point of contact for knowledge exchange, impact, enterprise and engagement activities in these sectors. By building and supporting collaborations and partnerships between private, public and third sector organisations I aim to help solve industry, environmental and societal challenges.

Following a BSc in Plant Sciences and German at the University of Manchester and a PhD in plant molecular biology at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Denmark for a couple of years before returning to the John Innes Centre as the Programme Manager of a large research programme in plant synthetic biology. Within this role I had a broad overview of activities, which included lab research, development of hardware, engagement with companies and with the general public. I worked across the disciplines to provide connectivity and drive synergies. I bring this interdisciplinary mindset into my role at UEA to ensure the best outcomes and maximise impact.

In 2010, I co-founded a not-for profit company and organised a year-long sailing expedition from Scotland to Antarctica and South Georgia. As a keen sailor and a nature guide on several polar expeditions (Arctic and Antarctic) I have a great appreciation of the natural environment, the challenges of the marine environment and the industries that work in this space.


Relationship Manager - Marine, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Telephone: 01603 591488

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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  • Standards for plant synthetic biology: a common syntax for exchange of DNA parts

    Patron, N. J., Orzaez, D., Marillonnet, S., Warzecha, H., Matthewman, C., Youles, M., Raitskin, O., Leveau, A., Farré, G., Rogers, C., Smith, A., Hibberd, J., Webb, A. A. R., Locke, J., Schornack, S., Ajioka, J., Baulcombe, D. C., Zipfel, C., Kamoun, S., Jones, J. D. G. & 38 others, Kuhn, H., Robatzek, S., Van Esse, H. P., Sanders, D., Oldroyd, G., Martin, C., Field, R., O'Connor, S., Fox, S., Wulff, B., Miller, B., Breakspear, A., Radhakrishnan, G., Delaux, P-M., Loqué, D., Granell, A., Tissier, A., Shih, P., Brutnell, T. P., Quick, W. P., Rischer, H., Fraser, P. D., Aharoni, A., Raines, C., South, P. F., Ané, J-M., Hamberger, B. R., Langdale, J., Stougaard, J., Bouwmeester, H., Udvardi, M., Murray, J. A. H., Ntoukakis, V., Schäfer, P., Denby, K., Edwards, K. J., Osbourn, A. & Haseloff, J., Oct 2015, In: New Phytologist. 208, 1, p. 13-19 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    180 Citations (Scopus)
    30 Downloads (Pure)