Professor John Shine AO

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Scientific Advisory Committee Member

Professor John Shine AO


Professor Shine was Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research from 1990 until the end of 2011 and is Professor of Medicine and Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of NSW and current Chairman of CSL Limited. He is a past Chairman of the National Health and Medical Research Council, past president of the Australian Genome Research Facility, and President of the Australian Academy of Science. He is a Companion in the Order of Australia and until 2011 a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.

Professor Shine was instrumental in the development of many of the techniques of genetic engineering. He was a central figure in the cloning of the insulin and growth hormone genes and was the first to clone a human gene. He also determined the first sequence responsible for replication of a cancer causing virus. In 2010, Professor Shine was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, the nation’s highest scientific award and in 2018 was elected President of the Australian Academy of Science.