Ray Rodgers graduated from the University of Melbourne with a B Agr Sci (Hons) in 1976, M Agr Sci in 1979 working on clover disease of sheep and a PhD in 1984 examining the roles of small and large luteal cells in sheep. He undertook post-doctoral training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas (1984-1986) examining the molecular regulation of steroid hormone production in the ovary. He returned to Australia in late 1986 as a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow at Hudson Hospital in Melbourne and cloned the activin/inhibin βB gene and promoter. He moved to Flinders University in 1990 as he was awarded a NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (1993), and with the awarding of a Principal Research Fellowship in 2000 he then moved to the University of Adelaide. His group focused initially on granulosa stem cells and latterly on the roles of extracellular matrix in the ovary.