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John Mattick is the director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research as of January 2012. His research led to the discovery of the function of Non-coding DNA, for which he earned a top award for genetics.
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John obtained his Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney and his PhD in biochemistry from Monash University. Subsequently he worked at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, the CSIRO Division of Molecular Biology in Sydney, and the The University of Queensland, where he has been based since 1988.
John has also worked at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Cologne and Strasbourg. He was Foundation Director of the Australian Genome Research Facility, two ARC Special Research Centres and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience.
In 2007 he was elected an Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation and in 2008 elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.
Early 2012 Mattick was awarded the Chen award for outstanding academic achievement in human genetic and genomic research.