Professor Brown is currently the Professor and Director of Genetics at Queensland University of Technology. He is a practicing rheumatologist with a special interest in the disease ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and also heads a large research program in human genetics. His research unit is amongst the leading human genetics units internationally, and has identified well over a hundred disease-causing genes in common diseases such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and multiple sclerosis, as well as less common diseases caused by single gene diseases, and in cancer genomics. Increasingly his research is focused on mechanistic investigation of disease pathogenesis, and development of novel therapies targeting pathways identified by genetic studies. He was awarded the 2013 Queensland Premier’s Fellowship for Science, and elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science for his contribution to human genetics research. In 2014 and 2015 he was listed by Thomson Reuters as a ‘Highly Cited Researcher’, placing him in the top 1% of researchers in Molecular Biology and Genetics worldwide.