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John Mattick

The Hidden Layer of RNA Regulation in Animal Evolution and Development

May 17, 2011

John Mattick is professor of molecular biology and Australian Research Council Federation fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland. He obtained his bachelor’s with first-class honors from the University of Sydney in 1972 and his doctorate from Monash University in Melbourne in 1978.

He has since worked at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s Division of Molecular Biology in Sydney and the Universities of Queensland, Cambridge, Oxford and Cologne. He was the founding director of the Australian Genome Research Facility and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience. He was appointed an officer in the Order of Australia in 2001 and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2002 as well as the Australian Government Centenary Medal in 2003.

He is a member of the Council of Scientists of the Human Frontier Science Program and a member of the advisory boards of several research institutes in Australia and abroad. His research interest is RNA regulation and noncoding DNA in complex organisms, and he has published articles on this topic in Science, Nature Reviews Genetics, Genome Research, Human Molecular Genetics and Scientific American, among others.