John Mattick

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John Mattick

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John Mattick, pictured in 2014
John Stanley Mattick

1950 (age 70–71)
EducationSt Patrick's College Strathfield
Alma mater
Known forAssigning function to non-coding DNA
AwardsFellow of the Australian Academy of Science
Scientific career
FieldsMolecular biology

John Stanley Mattick AO, FAA, FTSE (born 1950, Sydney[1]) is an Australian molecular biologist known for his efforts to assign function to non-coding DNA.[2] Mattick was the Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research from 2012 to 2018.[3] He joined Genomics England in May 2018 as Chief Executive Officer.[4] In October 2019, he joined the University of New South Wales in Sydney.[5]


Mattick received his high school education at St Patrick's College Strathfield. He 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 University of Queensland, where he was based between 1988 and 2012.[6]

Mattick has also worked at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Cologne and Strasbourg.[1] He was Foundation Director of the Australian Genome Research Facility, two ARC Special Research Centres and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience.

Mattick was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001 for service 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.[7]

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. More recently, he was awarded the Julian Wells Medal by the Lorne Genome Society in 2009 and the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Medal in 2011. He received the HUGO Chen Award for Distinguished Achievement in Genetic and Genomic Research in 2012, the same year he was appointed Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.[1][8] He was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS) in 2015.[9] In 2019, he won the Advance Global Impact Award.[10]

Mattick serves as Board Director for Arctoris Ltd, an Oxford-based technology company.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d "Prof John Mattick". Staff Research Profile. Garvan Institute. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  2. ^ Phillips, Nicky (13 March 2012). "Making something of junk earns geneticist top award". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Prof John Mattick | Garvan Institute of Medical Research". Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Executive Leadership Team | Genomics England". Genomics England. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  5. ^ z3023397 (12 September 2019). "World leader in genomics joins UNSW". UNSW Newsroom. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Garvan announces appointment of next Executive Director" (Press release). Garvan Institute. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  7. ^ "MATTICK, John Stanley: Officer of the Order of Australia". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 11 June 2001. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Geneticist Rewarded for His Assumptions, Following Practical and Its Findings". United States: Top News. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences - October 2015" (PDF). Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  10. ^ College, Green Templeton (5 September 2019). "Professor John Mattick wins 2019 Advance Global Impact Award". Green Templeton College. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Arctoris expands senior team". Arctoris. Retrieved 16 June 2020.

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