Matthew Gentry, Ph.D.

Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship
Photo of Dr. Matthew Gentry
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Dr. Gentry’s team studies how glycogen molecules are broken down to provide fuel for cells. Problems with this process can result in Lafora disease, a form of epilepsy. Many of Dr. Gentry’s former trainees noted that he has had a tremendous impact on their lives. Projects are designed specifically with a student’s goals and career desires in mind, including providing appropriate training for those interested in non-research careers. Dr. Gentry creates a detailed mentorship plan with trainees early in their careers, that includes developing their own projects and sending students to other labs, both nationally and internationally, when they need to learn specific skills not available in his lab.