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inventor , molecular genetics educator , researcher

John Collins, British molecular genetics educator, researcher, inventor. Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund fellow, 1971-1974.


Collins, John was born on April 7, 1945 in Bournemouth, England. Son of Alfred Ernest and Pearl (Levy) Collins.


Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, University London, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, Leicester University, England, 1971.


Postdoctoral fellow University California, San Diego, 1971-1974, University Copenhagen, 1974-1975. Research assistant National Center for Biotechnology, Institute for Biotechnology Research, Braunschweig, Federal Republic Germany, 1975-1981, head genetics department Federal Republic Germany, 1981-1994, head section cell biology and genetics Federal Republic Germany, 1987-1994. Chief technical officer Cosmix Molecular Biologicals GmbH, 2002—2003, founder, Chief Executive Officer, 1997—2001.

Professor genetics Tech University, since 1987, head department directed evolution, since 2003. Associate committee applications Academy of Sciences, Paris, l988-98. Counselor Biofutur, l982-97.

Media appearances public debater on gene technical.


  • Other Work

    • Member editorial board Methods in Molecular and Cellular Biology, l988-97, Clinical Biotechnology, l989-94. Contributor numerous articles to professional journals. Patentee process for production hybrid bacteria.


Consultant Gryphon Therapeautics, San Francisco, 2003-2005. Advisor, grant reviewer Ministry Research and Technology, Bonn, Federal Republic Germany, 1984-1996, German Science Foundation, Bonn, 1983-1998. Member committee on ethics of gene technical investigation Evangelical Church, Hannover, Federal Republic Germany, 1983-1988.

Fellow European Molecular Biology Organization. Member Human Genome Organization (founding committee, finance committee 1988-1989), German Biological Chemical Society, German Genetics Society.


  • Other Interests

    Magic, cuisine, problem solving, history and philosophy of science, boules.


Married Marie-Christiane Martin, April 12, 1969. Children: Simon, Pascal.

Alfred Ernest Collins

Pearl (Levy) Collins

Marie-Christiane Martin

Simon Collins

Pascal Collins