Professor Chris Proud has made numerous important contributions to understanding the fundamental mechanisms that control the function of animal cells. In particular, he studies how nutrients, hormones and other signals control gene expression. This is integral to understanding diverse diseases including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and neurological disorders. He collaborates widely and his work has received >24,000 citations. Before joining the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute as inaugural Theme Leader for Nutrition & Metabolism, he played leading research roles at Universities in the UK (Kent, Southampton and Dundee) and Canada (British Columbia) and mentored many trainees and junior group-leaders.