|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2008)|
|Born||17 May 1956
|Institutions||University of Surrey
St Mary's Hospital Medical School
St George's, University of London
|Alma mater||Imperial College London|
|Doctoral advisor||Ken Buck|
|Known for||Diagnosis of meningitis|
He was born in Donegal, Ireland but raised in the UK and he holds joint British/Irish Nationality. He obtained his BSc in Biochemistry University of London in 1977 and his PhD at Imperial College London in 1982. He went on to work on human genetic diseases and then infectious diseases, at St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London (1982–84) and St George's Hospital Medical School, London (1984–88) and then at the University of Surrey in Guildford, UK.
For more than a decade, McFadden has researched the genetics of microbes such as the agents of tuberculosis and meningitis and invented a test for the diagnosis of meningitis. He has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals on subjects as wide-ranging as bacterial genetics, tuberculosis, idiopathic diseases and computer modelling of evolution. He has contributed to more than a dozen books and has edited a book on the genetics of mycobacteria. He produced a widely reported artificial life computer model which modelled evolution in organisms.
He has lectured extensively in the UK, Europe, the US and Japan and his work has been featured in radio, television and national newspaper articles particularly for the Guardian. His present post, which he has held since 2001, is Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Surrey. Living in London, he is married and has one son.
McFadden regularly writes articles for The Guardian newspaper in the UK, on topics as varied as quantum mechanics, evolution and genetically modified crops, and has reviewed books there. The Washington Post and Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung have also published articles written by him.
- Johnjoe McFadden's Homepage at Surrey University
- Johnjoe McFadden's Machines Like Us interview
- School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at University of Surrey Professor Johnjoe McFadden
- Curriculum Vitae
- Quantum Evolution - Explore the role of quantum mechanics in life, evolution and consciousness (includes excerpts from the book, Quantum Evolution)