Dr John Shine
Member, BMS IAC (2000-2003)
Executive Director, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia (1990-)
Chairman, Australian National Health & Medical Researh Council
Chairman, Australian Genome Research Facility (2000-2003)
President (1986-1987) & DIrector of Research (1984-1986), California Biotechnology Inc.
John Shine is Professor of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor Biotechnology, UNSW, and Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research at St Vincent's Hospital. After receiving a bachelor's degree, Dr Shine went on to obtain a PhD in Biochemistry from the Australian National University in 1975. During his studies, he discovered the sequences in ribosomal RNA responsible for the initiation and termination of protein-synthesis.
After several years working at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California in San Fransisco, Dr Shine returned to Australia as a Research Fellow at the ANU in 1978 to continue his work in gene cloning. In that capacity, he conducted research into the cloning of the human renin gene and founded the Centre for Recombinant DNA Research which is aimed at fostering the application of new techniques of molecular genetics in many areas of biological research.
In 1984, Dr Shine returned to the United States, taking up a position as Adjunct Professor of Medicine at UCSF and Director of Research at a newly formed biotech company, California Biotechnology Inc. He began an appointment as Professor of Molecular Biology at UNSW and Deputy Director of the Garvan Institute in 1987.
Dr Shine has received numerous awards for his excellence in research and, in 1996, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia. His current research interest is centred on understanding functional diversity in the nervous system through molecular genetics.