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.