Matthew Auton is at the Mayo Clinic. He received a B.S. in chemistry, a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in biophysics at the University of Texas Medical Branch. His graduate work on protein group thermodynamic contributions to protein folding and unfolding in the presence of osmolytes won the Robert A. Welch Award for Excellence in Graduate Research in Chemistry in 2004 and the Leon Bromberg Award for Outstanding Peer Reviewed Student Paper in 2005. He was a Ruth L. Kirschstein and Mary R. Gibson Foundation Postdoctoral Associate at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine. His laboratory research on the conformational activation of the blood clotting von Willebrand factor has received Young Investigator Awards from the International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis and Travel Awards from the Biophysical Society, the American Society of Hematology and the Thrombosis and Hemostasis Society of North America. His recent work on protein phase diagram thermodynamics has earned the Stig Sunner Memorial Award for Thermodynamics and Thermochemistry. His research on platelet adhesion to the von Willebrand factor has identified inherited von Willebrand disease as a protein misfolding disorder of primary hemostasis. He has so far published 26 papers related to protein thermodynamics and von Willebrand factor and he has 1 pending patent application.