Highlights

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.

A major focus is women’s health and the pathogenesis of endometriosis. Together with colleagues in Brisbane, he led a recent large international study on genetic risk factors for endometriosis which confirmed 14 regions of the genome are associated with the disease, including 5 novel regions. His research is now moving to functional studies to identify the target genes in each region and determine how changes in the regulation of these genes contribute to disease. Professor Montgomery has published the first examples of likely target genes for two regions.

He is also using genomic approaches to help understand environmental risk factors for this disease. Environmental risk factors may leave epigenetic signals on DNA that are associated with disease and he is part of an international study on global methylation analysis in endometriosis.

 

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Researcher biography

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