Prof. Dr Jonathan Knowles

CV as per end of term

Personal Data

Nationality: British
Year of Birth: 1947

Position

Member of the Roche Executive Committee and Head of Group Research

Studies

  • Magdalen College School, Oxford
  • 1st Class Honours Degree in Molecular Genetics,   University of East Anglia, England 1969
  • Ph.D. in Genetics of Mitochondria with Professor G.H. Beale F.R.S., University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1973

Scientific Advisory Boards and Review Committees

  • Scientific advisory board, Labsystems (to 1989)
  • Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki
  • Oulu Biocentre, University of Oulu
  • Turku Biocentre, University of Oulu
  • Member of TNO Biotechnology group Review Board
  • Biotechnology programs at six different TNO Institutes (1992)
  • Member of Review for the Medical  and Technological Laboratory, TNO (1993)
  • Member of Review Board for Protein Structure Lab Cambridge (1995)
  • Member of Review Board for Technology foundation Stockholm 1996
  • Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation, (EMBO) Heidelberg (since 1998)
  • Member of the Board of Management of EuropaBio, Brussels  (1999-2002)
  • Member of the Scientific Board at the Institute of Biotechnology, Helsinki (2001-2005)
  • Member of the Singapore National Science & Technology Board (2001)
  • Honorary Professorship at the University of Basel (2001)
  • Chairman of the HEVER Group (2007)
  • Chairman of the Scientific Board at the Institute of Biotechnology, University Helsinki (2007)

Professional Career

  • 1973-1974
    R.C. Post Doctoral Research Fellow with Professor G.H. Beale, F.R.S., Department of Genetics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1975
    EMBO short term fellowship at Centre de Génétique Moléculaire, CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
  • 1975-1977 
    Royal Society European Exchange Fellowship at Centre de Génétique Moléculaire, CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, France (with Professor P. Slonimski and Dr J. Beisson)
  • 1977 
    Volkswagen fellowship at the University of Tübingen and Max-Planck Institut, Tübingen, Germany
    3 months NIH fellowship at the University of Colorado Medical Centre, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Denver
  • 1978-1980
    EMBO fellowship to Department of Medical Chemistry and Department of Genetics, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 1979 
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY
    Appointed Docent of the University of Helsinki
  • 1980-1986
    Head of the recombinant DNA group at the Biotechnical Laboratory, VTT, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1986-1989 
    Research Professor and Head of Molecular Biology at the Biotechnical Laboratory, VTT, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1989-1997 
    Director of the Glaxo Institute for Molecular Biology, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1995-1997 
    Research Director, Glaxo Wellcome Europe. Responsible for all preclinical research at the four European sites at Verona, Paris, Madrid and Geneva (500 people)
  • 1997 
    Head of Research, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
  • 1998 
    Member of the Corporate Executive Committee of the Roche Group
  • 1998 
    Member of the Board of Directors of Genentech (Roche Subsidiary)
  • 2003
    Member of the Board of Directors of Chugai Pharmaceuticals (Roche Subsidiary)
  • 2004 
    Chairman of the Research Directors' Group (RDG) of EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry Associations)