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Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Prof. John Mattick AO is one of Australia’s foremost research scientists. Having completed his studies in Sydney and Melbourne, and undertaking a postdoc at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, Professor Mattick returned to Australia to work at the CSIRO Division of Molecular Biology in Sydney, before moving to the University of Queensland in 1988 where he progressed from the Foundation Professor of Molecular Biology to become the Foundation Director of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and the Australian Genome Research facility, as well as NHMRC Australia Fellow.
In 2001 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to scientific research in the fields of molecular biology, genetics and biotechnology, and in 2012 took up his current post at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney - one of Australia’s leading biomedical research institutes.
Mattick has made several seminal contributions to molecular biology, and over the past 20 years has pioneered a new view of the genetic programming of humans. He has published over 280 research articles and his work has received coverage in Nature, Science, Scientific American, New Scientist and The New York Times. He was recently named by NHMRC as one of the all-time high achievers in Australian health and medical research, and by Thomson Reuters as one of the world’s most influential scientific minds.
Prominent educationalist, Professor of Education at the University of Canberra and founder of the Stronger Smarter Institute, Chris Sarra, joins Boyden’s Allan Marks and Alun Parry to discuss his career, the Australian educational system and the challenges he’s faced to date.