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John Stanley Mattick

Executive Director, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Garvan Institute

I undertook my undergraduate training at the University of Sydney and his PhD at Monash University. I then worked at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, the CSIRO Division of Molecular Biology in Sydney, and the University of Queensland from 1988-2011, where I was the Foundation Chair of Molecular Biology, Director of the Australian Genome Research Facility, Director of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, ARC Federation Fellow and NHMRC Australia Fellow, before joining the Garvan Institute as Executive Director in 2012. I also spent research periods at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Cologne and Strasbourg.

I have published over 280 scientific papers, which have received over 24,000 citations. My honours and awards include Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, the inaugural Gutenberg Professorship of the University of Strasbourg, the Order of Australia and the Centenary Medal of the Australian Government, the International Union of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Medal, Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences, Membership of the European Molecular Biology Organisation, the Human Genome Organisation’s Chen Award for Distinguished Achievement in Human Genetic and Genomic Research, and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Bertner Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions to Cancer Research. I was a member of the Research Committee and Australian Health Ethics Committee of NHMRC (1997-2003), and was recently named by NHMRC among the all-time high achievers in Australian health and medical research.


  • –present
    Executive Director, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, UNSW Australia


  • 1978 
    Monash University, PhD