I’m Matt Wood, a science writer and amateur photographer living in Chicago. I currently work at the University of Chicago Medicine, where I write about research and promote science communications in the Biological Sciences Division. In a past life I was also an IT guy, before taking a four-year break to be a stay-at-home dad. Born and raised in a small town called Poseyville, Indiana, I grew up on basketball, popcorn, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

I started this site in 2001 because I knew how to make a website and that seemed like a fun thing to do. It turned into a blog for the next 12 years, before social media made that irrelevant and I finally let it go. I still write the occasional essay and post my photography here, but otherwise, you can find me at some of my new hangouts linked below.

So what’s with the name?

When I was in college, I was a huge fan of the Wu-Tang Clan (still am, actually). One day, the name “Wood-Tang” appeared in magic marker on my door at the fraternity house, and the name just stuck.

Now that I’m bald and have a family, no one calls me that anymore, but it’s a perfect online handle. Sorry if you got here expecting news on the RZA and Ghostface and found stuff about baseball and my kids instead.