Professor David Gardner did his undergraduate and postgraduate training at the University of York in the UK. He then spent time as a Fellow at Harvard Medical School before moving to Monash University in the late 1980’s to work with Alan Trounson. David worked on methods for the successful culture and diagnosis of human embryos and assisted in the establishment of the world’s first embryonic stem cell lines. In 1997 he moved back to the USA where he became the Scientific Director of the Colorado Centre for Reproductive Medicine, which became America’s premiere infertility clinic, and established a large research team. In 2007 David returned to Australia to take up the position of Chair of Zoology at the University of Melbourne and in 2008 became Head of Department. His research is focussed on the analysis of gamete and embryo function, and how external factors such as diet, the environment and culture conditions affect subsequent fetal development and offspring health.