Professor Mattick was appointed as a Non-executive Director effective 31 March 2022.
John is currently SHARP Professor of RNA Biology at UNSW Sydney. He was previously Chief Executive of Genomics England (2018-2019), and Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney (2012-2018), where he established one of the first HiSeq X10 sequencing and clinically accredited genome analysis facilities.
John was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to scientific research in the fields of molecular biology, genetics and biotechnology, particularly through the development and administration of research institutes and the Australian Genome Research Facility at the University of Queensland, where he was Foundation Director.
John has over 300 research publications which have been cited over 80,000 times. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences, the Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering and the Royal Society of New South Wales. He has also been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and an Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization.
John has been a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC) and the Research Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council, and was involved in the development of the National Statement on the Ethical Conduct of Research involving Humans, the joint Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) / AHEC Commonwealth Inquiry into the Protection of Human Genetic Information, the Committee to Revise the Ethical Guidelines on Assisted Reproductive Technology, and the ALRC Reports on Gene Patenting and Genetic Privacy. He was also Chair of the Queensland Studies Authority.
John has received numerous awards including the Advance Global Impact Award (2019), the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Bertner Award for Distinguished Contributions to Cancer Research (2014), the Human Genome Organisation Chen Medal for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Human Genetics and Genomic Research (2012), the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Medal (2011), and the inaugural Gutenberg Chair at the University of Strasbourg (2007).
John holds a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours, Biochemistry) from the University of Sydney and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Monash University, Melbourne.