Professor Grant Montgomery uses genetic approaches to discover critical genes and pathways increasing risk for reproductive disorders. He applies state of the art genomic techniques to identify risk factors and understand how these genetic differences regulate gene expression and epigenetics to alter disease risk. The goal is to understand disease biology and help develop better methods for diagnosis and treatment.

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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 cofounded the New Zealand Sheep Genomics Program in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Otago 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. In 2016, he moved to the University of Queensland 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, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2015, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2016. His research focusses on discovery of critical genes and pathways increasing risk for common diseases especially endometriosis.

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Genetics and genomics in health and disease