John Mattick is SHARP Professor at UNSW Sydney and Senior Research Fellow with Visiting University Professorship at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, and Macquarie University. He was recently Chief Executive of Genomics England, which was established to develop genome analysis for disease diagnosis and better healthcare. Prior to that he was Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, and the Foundation Director of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) at the University of Queensland.

John has transformed the world’s understanding of the human genome, showing that it is not full of evolutionary “junk” as had previously been thought, but rather is mostly devoted to the production of regulatory RNAs that direct our development. He has published over 300 scientific articles, which have been cited over 60,000 times, and his work has been highlighted in Nature, Science, Scientific American, New Scientist and the New York Times.

John is also well known for his development of research institutes, national facilities and genomic medicine. At UQ he led the establishment of the IMB and established the Australian Genome Research Facility to provide genome sequencing and analysis services for universities, CSIRO and industry. He was influential in the development of the Queensland Smart State initiative, which led Brisbane to become a globally recognised centre for biomedical R&D. At the Garvan Institute he established one of the world’s first facilities capable of sequencing human genomes for $1,000, and one of the first clinically accredited centres for genome analysis in healthcare. He acts on the advisory boards of institutes and governments in Europe, Asia and North America.

John was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academies of Science, Health & Medical Sciences, and Technology & Engineering, as well as Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) and awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian Government, as well as the CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science, the inaugural Gutenberg Professorship at the University of Strasbourg, and Membership of the European Molecular Biology Organization, an honour accorded to only a handful of Australians.

John was also awarded the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Medal, the Lemberg Medal of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the University of Texas Bertner Award for Distinguished Contributions to Cancer Research, and the Human Genome Organisation Chen Medal for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Human Genetics and Genomic Research.