megan l. matthews

Assistant Professor 


Dr. Matthews joined the CEE department at UIUC as an Assistant Professor in January 2021. She holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University, where she developed a multiscale model of lignin biosynthesis in poplar trees. Megan initially came to the University of Illinois as a postdoctoral researcher with the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment and the Institute of Genomic Biology to develop multiscale crop models for the RIPE and Crops in silico projects. Her research focuses on developing multiscale plant models that integrate information across multiple levels of biological organization, and using those models to (1) explore the impacts of a changing environment on plants and (2) identify engineering strategies for improving plant development and growth.