BIO – Professor John Mattick

Professor of Molecular Biology

Director, Institute for Molecular Bioscience

The University of Queensland, Brisbane QLD

Professor John Mattick is the Foundation Professor of Molecular Biology and the Director of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland. Professor Mattick was born in Sydney and did his first degree at the University of Sydney (1972), followed by a PhD at Monash University (1977).

Professor John Mattick has subsequently worked at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (1977-81), at the CSIRO Division of Molecular Biology in Sydney (1982-88), as well as at the University of Cambridge (1993), the University of Oxford (2000) and the University of Cologne (2002). He joined the University of Queensland in 1988, and is married with three sons.

Professor John Mattick was the Foundation Director of the Australian Genome Research Facility (1996-2002), a major national research facility based in Brisbane, Melbourne & Adelaide, and remains a member of the AGRF Board. He was Chair of the Organising Committee of the 1999 Human Genome Meeting (HGM ’99) and a Member of the Scientific Organising Committees of HGM ’98 and HGM ‘2000. He was a foundation member of the Australian National Genome Information Service (ANGIS) and is a foundation member of the Asia-Pacific International Molecular Biology Network. He serves on the Advisory Boards of several major research institutes in Australia and abroad. In 2001 Professor Mattick was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for his services to molecular biology and biotechnology, and in 2002 he was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Professor John Mattick’s research interests are in the molecular genetics of bacterial pathogenesis and the role of noncoding RNA in the evolution and development of complex organisms. He has published over 120 scientific papers. He has recently developed a new theory of the structure of genetic information in the higher organisms, which may explain the purpose of the so-called junk DNA in the human genome as the control architecture for human development.