Johnjoe McFadden is a Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Surrey. For more than two decades, McFadden has researched the genetics of microbes such as the agents of tuberculosis and meningitis. More recently his research focus has shifted to systems biology of infectious disease, constructing mathematical models and performing metabolomics analysis of metabolism in both the TB bacillus and the meningococcus. He has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals on subjects as wide-ranging as bacterial genetics, tuberculosis, idiopathic diseases and computer modelling of evolution. McFadden has contributed to more than a dozen books and has edited a book on the genetics of mycobacteria and systems biology of tuberculosis.
As well as his basic science McFadden is also an author of many popular newspaper and magazine articles on a range of topics from the evolution of altruism to synthetic biology or quantum biology. He wrote the book “Quantum Evolution” in 2000 outlining a case for the involvement of quantum mechanics in life and evolution; he co-edited “Human Nature: Fact and Fiction” with Robin Headlam-Wells in 2006 examining human nature from the perspective of both science and literature; and is co-author with Jim Al-Khalili of the book, “Life on the Edge: The Coming Age of Quantum Biology published in 2014 and shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize Science Book of the Year 2015.