Joseph Sambrook is Director of Research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in Melbourne and Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Melbourne. Joseph Sambrook is best known for his research of viruses and the molecular biology of normal and cancerous cells. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Liverpool in 1962 and Ph.D. from the Australian National University in 1966. He did his post-doctoral research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (1966-67) and at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (1967-69).
In 1969 he came to Cold Spring Harbor where he was hired by James D. Watson to work at CSHL. His laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor worked out how adenoviruses and SV40 integrated themselves into the genome of the host cell. From 1985 till 1991 he was a Professor and Chairman in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. In 1991 he beacame a director of the McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. In 1995 he moved to Australia and joined Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute as a Director of Research.
Joseph Sambrook is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Royal Society. In 2009 he received the Victorian Government Leadership and Innovation Award. He founded Australia's National Consortium for Research into Familial Breast Cancer. He has published the manual of Molecular Cloning and is co-editor of Inspiring Science: Jim Watson and the Age of DNA and Life Illuminated: Selected Papers from Cold Spring Harbor Volume 2.