Matt Tillman

Rawls – Lab Members

Matthew Tillman thumbnailPostdoctoral Fellow
327 CARL Building
BOX 3580
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: 919-660-0894


Research Interests:
Matt is interested in understanding the mechanisms by which microbes communicate with their host. Matt completed his PhD in Biochemistry at Emory University, specializing in structure biology. With this background, he plans to uncover the biochemical signals derived from gut bacteria to control host biology in his postdoctoral studies.

Personal Interests:
Matt enjoys playing music (guitar, piano, and singing), cooking, home renovations, and spending time with his wife and two kids.


Tillman MC, Khadka M, Duffy J, Wang MC, Ortlund EA. Structural characterization of life-extending Caenorhabditis Elegans Lipid Binding Protein 8. Scientific Reports. 2019 July 10. Volume 9, Article number: 9966

Tillman MC, Imai N, Li Y, Khadka M, Okafor CD, Juneja P, Adhiyaman A, Hagen SJ, Cohen DE, Ortlund EA. Allosteric regulation of Thioesterase Superfamily Member 1 by free fatty acids and lysophosphatidylcholine. bioRxiv 2020.02.18.954917 [Preprint]