Dr Matt Webster FRSB

Head of School - Allied Health

Medical Technology Research Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Allied Health

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Cancer biology , Pharmaceutical science

Research Supervision:Yes

Matt has a research background in molecular biology, particularly in protein DNA interaction. He is Head of School for Allied Health but still lectures in molecular biology and acts as External Examiner for a number of UK institutions.



Dr Matt Webster leads the School of Allied Health at Anglia Ruskin University. The school is responsible for training and development of the clinical workforce in the Eastern region, collaborating with NHS Trusts, CCGs, ICS groups and local authorities to deliver services to over 6 million patients.

Matt brings a leadership perspective developed from his time across a range of commercial, charity and health sectors and is proud to lead the School of Allied Health.

A scientist by training, Matt holds a PhD in Crystallography, Biophysics and Biochemistry. After working in the commercial sector for some of the leading global pharmaceutical companies, Matt moved into a research fellowship at Cancer Research UK exploring the links between DNA damage and cancer. In 2020, Matt was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology and was made a chartered scientist a year later.

Matt is a huge advocate of the social mobility that comes through higher education and dedicates his personal time to mentorship of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds working towards careers in science and health sectors. In support of this Matt was one of the founding mentors of the University of London’s charitable venture: Mentoring Pathways.

Support, mentorship and development are key pillars to Matt’s leadership approach and he believes in providing colleagues with opportunities to be innovative and entrepreneurial in their work. Strategic planning is collaborative, evidence led and data driven.

Matt supports the development of national policy and strategy thorough his committee work at the Council of Deans for Health and his role as a governor for EPUT; the NHS providers for community health, mental health and learning disability services across Luton and Bedfordshire, Essex and Suffolk.

Research interests

  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Therapeutic formulations
  • Neurodevelopment and DNA repair

Areas of research supervision

  • Educational and Health service leadership
  • Molecular biology


  • PhD Structural Biology, University of London (UCL/Birkbeck)
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, University of Kent at Canterbury
  • PG Cert in Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University

Memberships, editorial boards


  • Royal Society of Biology
  • Higher Education Authority
  • Council of Deans for Health

Selected recent publications

Suliman, A. S., Khoder, M., Tolaymat, I., Webster, M., Alany, R. G., Wang, W., Elhissi, A., Najlah, M., 2020. Cyclodextrin Diethyldithiocarbamate Copper II Inclusion Complexes: A Promising Chemotherapeutic Delivery System against Chemoresistant Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cell Lines. Pharmaceutics, 13(1): p. 89.

Webster, M., 2020. Coronavirus mutation - not as scary as it sounds. The Conversation.

Webster, M. P., Jukes, R., Zamfir, V. S., Kay, C. W., Bagnéris, C., Barrett T., 2012. Crystal structure of the UvrB dimer: insights into the nature and functioning of the UvrAB damage engagement and UvrB-DNA complexes. Nucleic Acids Research, 17(40), pp. 8743-58