Prof. Jack Heinemann

Jack Heinemann is a professor of genetics and molecular biology in the School of Biological Sciences and director of the Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He earned his BSc with honours in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Oregon.

Prof. Heinemann received the ICAAC[1] Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in 1993. He has given dozens of invited lectures at prestigious universities and societies.

Mr. Heinemann has served the United Nations in a variety of capacities. Since then, he has served the Secretariat for the Convention of Biodiversity as a peer-reviewer of biosafety training materials and on the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Risk Assessment and Risk Management. He was commissioned by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) to prepare a definitive view on gene flow from transgenic crops. He provided expert solicited advice to the New Zealand Commerce Commission, Parliament and High Court on separate matters. Jack Heinemann was a lead author of the global report, and of the biotechnology section of the Synthesis Report, for the International Assessment on Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). He has been a biotechnology advisor on an ad hoc basis to multiple government agencies in New Zealand, and agencies of the US, Australia, India and Norwegian governments or courts.

Jack has published broadly in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, with over 100 scholarly publications in such international peer-reviewed journals as Science, Nature, Nature Biotechnology and Trends in Biotechnology. He is an active researcher with his own laboratory wherein he supervises the work of postgraduate students and a postdoctoral scholar.

[1] ICAAC = Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy