Evolutionary microbiology

Mato Lagator

Member since 2023

Occupation: Independent Research Fellow at University of Manchester

I want to be a part of a cross-disciplinary community that develops novel and creative approaches to tackle key societal problems.


Mato Lagator did an undergraduate degree at Harvard University and a PhD at the University of Warwick, where he studied evolution of resistance in a microbial species called Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. In 2013, Mato started a postdoc at IST Austria with Calin Guet and Jon Bollback, slowly defining his major research interest – the relationship between molecular biology and evolution. He also attended a Master’s course at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he started developing some semblance of an artistic practice. He moved to Manchester to start his own research group as a Presidential Fellow, and has since transitioned onto a Wellcome Trust-Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship. Mato runs a research group comprising two postdocs, four PhD students and several research-focused Master’s students who are working to understand the basic principles that underpin bacterial evolution and their ability to become resistant to antibiotics.


  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Better funding for early career researchers
  • Climate change
  • Critical thinking skill development in education
  • Cross-sector skill sharing
  • Engaging under-represented audiences
  • Social change
  • Societal impact of research
  • Systemic bias