John joined the Garvan Institute as the Executive Director in January 2012. He has made a significant contribution to the understanding of genetics and genomics through his farsighted theories on 'junk' DNA, the large non-coding sections of the human genome that do not code for proteins.
Most recently John was the Professor of Molecular Biology and NHMRC Australia Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland. John was educated at St Patrick’s College Strathfield, the University of Sydney and Monash University, where he obtained his PhD. He has subsequently 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 from 1988-2011. He has also spent research periods at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Cologne and Strasbourg. He was Foundation Director of the Australian Genome Research Facility and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience.