Professor Grant Montgomery was born in New Zealand, completed PhD studies in Animal Science at Massey University and post-doctoral research in France. In 1987 he moved to the Biochemistry Department at the University of Otago where he cofounded the New Zealand Sheep Genomics Program and pioneered the introduction of genome mapping methods in farm animals. He moved to Australia in 1999 and joined the Queensland Institute of Medical Research where he ran a successful genome mapping program for human complex disease. He moved to the University of Queensland in 2016 and holds joint appointments at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI). He is a National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellow and was elected a Fellow the Society for Reproductive Biology in 2012 and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2015. His research focusses on discovery of critical genes and pathways increasing risk for common diseases especially endometriosis.