Matthew Reighner

Michael Caine
Michael Caine as Matthew Reighner

Name: Matthew Reighner
Callsign: None
AKA: Matt
Age: 39
Branch: Fleet
Faction: Colonial
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Department: Medical
Position: Scientist
Rank: Captain
Ship: Genesis
Homeworld: Scorpia
Actor: Michael Caine

Matt Reighner is a medical scientist on the Battlestar Genesis. Born, raised, and educated on Scorpia, he has spent most of his life there. He's dry, to the point, and dedicated to his career. As a researcher, he's well-accomplished, having authored dozens of publications in his lifetime. As a physician, he's competent, but not as dynamic as more dedicated clinicians. And as a Colonial Fleet officer, he barely fits the bill. He holds no strong opinion of the military, one way or another, and their relationship hinges on shared, mutual understanding — he receives his funding, and the military leverages him to receive more government support for their research programs.

Reighner's philosophy is based on the power of the basic sciences to advance fundamental knowledge of the human body, and through this knowledge the power to evolve improved health outcomes in specific systemic illnesses. In this vein, his research interests revolve around biosignaling pathways expressed in disease states, most notably cancer.

He has narrow interests beyond his research, among them racquetball, pyramid, and claimed competency in cooking. He was married and had two children, Abby and Michal, all of whom are presumed deceased following the Cylon attacks.

Biography in Brief


  • Moussaieff University, Ph.D. Biochemistry
  • Uniformed Services Health Sciences University, M.D.

Residencies and Fellowships

  • Intern (PGY-1), Internal Medicine, Samarya General Hospital, Scorpia
  • Resident (PGY-2, PGY-3), Internal Medicine, Samarya General Hospital, Scorpia
  • Chief Resident (PGY-4), Internal Medicine, Samarya General Hospital, Scorpia
  • Fellow (PGY-5 to 8), Hematology and Oncology, Pearson-Brackenbridge Cancer Institute, Scorpia

Board Certifications

  • Colonial Board of Internal Medicine
  • Colonial Board of Internal Medicine, Sub-board of Hematology and Oncology


  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Oncology, Uniformed Services Health Sciences University (primary)
  • Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Moussaieff University

Significant Publications

  • Xinum AB, Mika DA, Khodad B, Wycott JS, Reighner ME. On the pathomechanism of O'Keefe's anemia.
  • Mika DA, Laydan, I, Komacha, MD, Slame, GS, Wycott JS, Reighner ME. Vitamin L as important signal of reticuloendocyte health.
  • Finn GM, Wycott JS, Reighner ME. Progressive focal iron deficiency: An unavoidable sequelae of multiple myeloma?

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, Colonial College of Physicians
  • Association of Military Physicians and Surgeons
  • Colonial Medical Association
  • Scorpian Medical Association
  • Scorpian Society of Hematology and Oncology
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