Walter (Wally) Thomas is a PhD graduate (1992) from the University of Queensland. His postdoctoral training/research in the USA and Melbourne (Baker Institute) was supported by a NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship and subsequent NHMRC Research Fellowships. In 2008, he was recruited to the University of Queensland as the Chair of General Physiology. In September 2009, he was appointed to the position of Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences. In October 2015, he was seconded to the Directorship of the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute. In 2017, he returned to his substantive position in the School of Biomedical Sciences, where he is Head of the Receptor Biology Laboratory with a specific focus on the molecular and cellular physiology of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) – his group has a strong international reputation for studying the processes that activate and deactivate these receptors in health and disease. Further information on Wally’s research is available at http://researchers.uq.edu.au/researcher/1937.