Professor Bellgard drives research, impact and innovation at the University of East London.
He joined the University in March 2023, bringing with him extensive experience in higher education and leadership roles in research internationally. He was Queensland University of Technology’s inaugural eResearch Director (2018-2023), where he successfully created and implemented a university-wide research-led digital strategy.
Professor Bellgard also leads the industry on design and development of digital health solutions. His interest in universal care, diversity and inclusion, drove him to become inaugural Chair of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Rare Disease (RD) Network (2017– 2022) that oversaw the development of the APEC RD Action Plan, endorsed by all 21 APEC governments, to support around 200 million individuals living with a rare disease in the Asia Pacific region.
His has also led the data roadmap strategy for the development of Queensland’s largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service, to ensure healthcare systems are fit for purpose and to improve the quality of healthcare provision.
From 2005-2018 Professor Bellgard was the Inaugural Director of the Western Australian State Government Centre of Excellence (CoE), the Centre for Comparative Genomics (CCG). Under his leadership, the CCG attracted $51 million (AUD) in funding and delivered to the needs of industry and government in the areas of health, drug development, agriculture, bio- and food- security, food nutrition, mining, radio astronomy, remote sensing and the environment. From 2003-2018, he was a professor and Foundation Chair of Bioinformatics at Murdoch University.
Professor Bellgard began his career as a computer scientist, earning first class honours and a PhD from the University of Western Australia in machine learning and artificial intelligence, applied to classical music. His research areas cover a wide scope, including genomics, bioinformatics, health informatics, AI, machine learning, biosecurity, eResearch, remote sensing, and radio astronomy. Read Matt's staff profile.