Born in rural south-central Illinois, Matthew Sattley obtained a bachelor's degree in Biology from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. After completing a two-year postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, he served as a biology faculty member for two years at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. He joined the Department of Biology at Indiana Wesleyan University as an associate professor in 2010.
- B.A., 1998, Blackburn College
- Ph.D., 2006, Southern Illinois University