My life in Science (1984-2015)

In my youth I was captivated not only by art, but also by science, and majored in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of NSW (BSc, Honours 1984). I later got my PhD (University of Sydney, 1990), then spent five years overseas with my wife and young son in Lausanne (Switzerland) and Cambridge (UK) where I gained further training. I returned to Sydney in 1997 to establish a cancer research team (we were nicknamed the "Genies") which I maintained until the end of 2015.

During my scientific career I was a primary author, or co-author, on almost 100 scientific papers, many in top-tier journals, and that work has been cited in the literature >5400 times. My key areas of research focused on how proteins are regulated in cells through their interaction with RNA or by active transport between different sites within a cell. This allowed my team to dissect novel effects of cancer mutations in certain genes that predispose to colon and breast cancer.

A quick shout-out to the Genies and to all my past collaborators, students and colleagues who helped make so many creative science projects happen! I am really very grateful. If you happen to be reading this please shoot me an email and let me know what you are up to now. I still love science, but have now transitioned to art full time. As my involvement in art projects accelerates, I remain fascinated by the overlap in the creative processes in both art and science - there are similarities but clear differences as well. I hope to address these in my blog.

Note: The picture opposite was from the Sydney Daily Telegraph newspaper from the year 2000. It followed an article I published in a journal called Nature Cell Biology - but not surprisingly, none of the media reports actually understood or communicated what the paper was about.