Matt Gordon

A.B. 1998 Princeton
Ph.D. 2006 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign





I am originally from Chicago, IL. I received my A.B. in physics from Princeton (1998), where I did my undergraduate thesis work with Bob Austin on the fluid mechanics of ultra-rapid mixers. After a brief stint in the software industry (Geodesic Systems, Chicago, IL) during the heady 90's, I pursued my graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I worked with Paul Selvin on applications of single-molecule fluorescence localization to problems in molecular motors and genomics. I received my Ph.D. in physics in 2006, and joined the Block lab in September of 2006.

I am tremendously interested in developing and applying new technologies for detecting, tracking, and manipulating single molecules, and hope to be able to apply my knowledge of fluorescence and instrumentation to these pursuits in the Block lab. Personally, I am an avid singer, a fencer and a biker, and hope to get back into rock climbing now that I am living in a state with a non-trivial standard deviation along the Z-axis.

I also maintain a blog covering recent science and news in the single
molecule field, at