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Biographical entry Sambrook, Joseph Frank (1939 - )


1 March 1939
Liverpool, England


Joseph Frank Sambrook has been Director of Research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, Melbourne and Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Melbourne since 1995. He is internationally renowned for his studies of DNA tumour viruses and the molecular biology of normal and cancerous cells. His group at Cold Spring Harbor in New York worked out how SV40 and adenoviruses integrated themselves into the genome of the host cell. He has also made major contributions to understanding intracellular traffic, protein folding and the molecular genetics of human cancer.


Born Liverpool, England, 1 March 1939. Educated University of Liverpool (BSc (hons) 1962) and Australian National University (PhD 1966). Postdoctoral research, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology 1966-67; Postdoctoral research, Salk Institute 1967-69; Staff Investigator, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York 1969-71, Senior Staff Investigator 1971-77, Assistant Director 1977-85; Professor and Chairman, Department of Biochemistry, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas 1985-91; Director, Burgher Center for Molecular Cardiology, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas 1986-93; Director, McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas 1991-94; Director of Research, Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, Melbourne 1995- ; Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Melbourne 1995- . Fellow, Royal Society 1985; Joseph F. Sambrook Laboratory dedicated at Cold Spring Harbor 1985; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 2000. Chairman NIH/DOE Advisory Committee on DNA Sequencing 1990-94.

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