Matthew J. Doyle - April 2016
Matthew J. Doyle, Ph.D. is currently director and senior researcher – Global Human Product Safety, Environmental Science & Sustainability and Oral Care New Business Creation with responsibility for human safety for all P&G Businesses and innovation programs. He also serves as vice-president of the Live Well Collaborative, which is a 501 C6 Corporation focused on development of products and services for consumers – across life stages. He leads a large, globally diverse organization (Cincinnati, Boston, London, Brussels, Frankfurt, Beijing, Singapore and Kobe). His Team has launched more than 75 new products (including an AD Age top 10 New Products of the Decade – Crest Whitestrips; and several IRI Pace Setter winners – Crest ProHealth and Crest 3DWhite) generating more than $900 million in incremental net outside sales over the past seven years.
Doyle graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell with a dual B.S. degree in biology and chemistry. He earned his M.S. in chemistry, Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is an honor graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School, Quantico, Va.
Doyle’s research focusses on oral and systemic health. He has authored one textbook, five book chapters, over 65 scholarly articles and abstracts, and presented more than 80 invited lectures—many internationally. He has been awarded 20 patents, which are outcomes of his research in oral biology, inflammation and host response modifiers.
He is part of the inaugural class of the American Association for Dental Research Fellows Program (2016), is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2014) and a University of Cincinnati McMicken College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumnus (2011). He is also a recipient of the Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research Award and is an Eagle Scout.
Having been an active AADR member since 1989, Doyle has served AADR as an AADR Board of Directors member-at-large and several times as an AADR Section officer. He has also served as a member of the AADR Fellowships Committee and the AADR ad hoc Governance Task Force. Currently, he is active in three IADR Scientific Groups: Cariology Research Group, Microbiology/Immunology Research Group and the Periodontal Research Group.
How did you first learn about AADR and what motivated you to join?
I had just moved in my research career into the oral care department of P&G’s Discovery R&D organization. As I moved into the oral care department, I learned that my new colleagues were all members of AADR. It was very clear that AADR played a pivotal role in their lives as oral health researchers and I knew that joining would be pivotal for me as well.
What do you find to be the most valuable benefit of AADR membership?
I think the most valuable part of my AADR membership has been having the opportunity to really contribute broadly to the oral health research enterprise—the field at large and the profession. My involvement across an array of vectors, including private sector, academia and government, are all fundamentally traceable to my AADR membership. Being part of AADR has given me the privilege of making a difference in a field that benefits so many people at large.
How important has AADR been in your career?
AADR has given me an appreciation of the diversity and complexity of healthcare across the oral health spectrum, whether that’s education, research, policy or delivery of care and services to people who need them. AADR has been critically important in all of those ways. I look at AADR as being a mesocosm that can enable and enrich an individual personally and professionally, and create an environment in which discovery and scientific breakthroughs can happen. In addition, I have had the good fortune of making a number of genuine friends through my AADR experiences (including via many enjoyable “pick-up” basketball games organized coincident with I/AADR meetings over the years).
How important do you think cross-collaboration with other scientific disciplines is to the future of dental, oral and craniofacial research?
Science these days is very much a team sport, and we all can add a very unique perspective and unique contribution. Much of my research involves inflammation, immunity, host response and the connection between oral and systemic health. When you get into that spectrum, you appreciate the fact that the oral cavity is intimately linked to our overall health status and you have to interact with people in a broad array of medical sub-disciplines.
What advice would you give to a dental student who is interested in pursuing dental research as a career?
I would encourage them to get really clear on what it is they want to achieve and then be deliberate in mapping how to make those elements come to fruition. One also needs to be open to the surprises that can come along the way. Unique opportunities will present themselves that can help further research.