Sir John Sulston

Sir John Sulston

Sir John Sulston was born in 1942 and is married with two children and two grandchildren. He graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1963, staying on to take a PhD in 1966, and then became a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California. In 1969 he joined Sydney Brenner’s group at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. There he worked on the biology of the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, studying particularly its cell lineage and its genome. Collaboration between his group and that of Bob Waterston in St Louis, Missouri resulted in the publication of the nematode DNA sequence in 1998. In 1992 the Wellcome Trust accepted a proposal to begin sequencing the human genome, and founded the Sanger Centre, where one third of the task was completed. John was director until 2000. In 2002 he co-authored with Georgina Ferry The Common Thread, an account of the science, politics and ethics of the human genome project. John is a Fellow of the Royal Society and an honorary fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology