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Statistical Genomics

Professor of Statistical Genomics and Director, Melbourne Integrative Genomics (MIG)


MIG and I are both 50/50 in the School of BioSciences and the School of Mathematics & Statistics.  I also am honorary at the UCL Genetics Institute in London, where I was based full time from 2009 to 2014.
My educational background is in maths (D Phil Mathematics, Oxford 1990) and since then I have worked to develop and apply mathematical/ statistical/ computational methods and ideas in genetics and genomics, including:
  • mathematical modelling of
    1. ancestry and relatedness,
    2. demographic history of populations,
    3. evolutionary processes such as mechanisms of selection;
  • statistical methods for the evaluation of forensic DNA profile evidence;
  • measuring relatedness and its role in genomics analyses, including association studies;
  • heritability and the genomic architecture of complex traits;
  • predicting phenotypes from genotype and other data;
  • analysis of other omics data (transcriptome, methylome, etc) together with genomics data.

I have worked with collaborators in many different fields, on genetic aspects of forensic science, crop research, ancient DNA, drug development and disease.  I have consulted with government and industry in many areas, most often relating to DNA profile evidence.  I also played a key role in synthesising and evaluating the evidence for certain bones found under a car park to be those of English king Richard III.

Some key words for my research:

• Computational statistics
• Epidemiology and Biostatistics
• Evaluation of forensic DNA profiles
• Evolutionary Genetics
• Genetic Epidemiology
• Population Genetics


Please see the menu at the top right of the page for links to further details of my research and how to join my group as an MSc or PhD student.