Professor John Mattick

Professor John Mattick, Professor of RNA Biology, The University of New South Wales.

John is Professor of RNA Biology at University of New South Wales, Sydney. He was previously Chief Executive of Genomics England, where he developed the 2019-2023 UK National Vision and Plan for Genomic Healthcare. Prior to that he was Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and Foundation Director of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland.

John is known for showing that the human genome is not mainly junk but rather specifies an RNA regulatory system that organises our development. He has published over 300 research articles and reviews, which have been cited over 75,000 times. His honours include the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Medal, the Human Genome Organisation Chen Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Human Genetics and Genomic Research, and the University of Texas Bertner Award for Distinguished Contributions to Cancer Research.

Forefront Group:

  • UNSW/BMC Biology in Dementia Research Group Leader

Neurodegeneration of interest:

Alzheimer’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease


  • Molecular biology
  • Genetics, genomics
  • Transcriptomics

Affiliate Organisations

UNSW Sydney, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, the University of Sydney, Macquarie University, the University of Queensland

Specific Skills:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genomics
  • gRNA biology
  • Bioinformatics


  • NHMRC Program Grant APP1132524: Frontotemporal dementia and motor neurodegenerative syndromes – CIB
  • NHMRC Partnership Project Grant APP 1113895: The economic and social impacts of genetic sequencing for intellectual disability (EPIC-ID) - CIC
  • ARC Discovery Project Grant DP210103233: Functional analysis of long noncoding RNAs expressed in the brain - CIA