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I'm interested in understanding the genetic control of complex traits that underpin variation of medical, evolutionary and commercial relevance. Almost all traits of importance are complex and influenced by the actions and interactions of many genes and environmental factors. With dense SNP genotypes or sequence data we can dissect this variation and investigate how individual genes act and interact with each other and the environment.
 

I am based in the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, which is part of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

 

Current PhD students

Caelinn James, Investigating the genetic architecture of complex traits in Soay sheep

Eilidh Fummey, Exploiting large-scale exome sequence data to determine the genetic control of healthy aging, with principal supervisor Pau Navarro

Michael Barker, Investigating the mechanisms underlying disease using multiOmics data, with principal supervisor Pau Navarro

 

Former PhD students and group members

Richard Fordjour Oppong (2015-2019), now at National Institute on Aging, NIH in Baltimore, USA

Olivia Swann (2012-2018) with principal supervisor Alex Rowe, now a postdoc and clinical lecturer at the University of Edinburgh

Neil Clelland (2011-2015) with principal supervisor Nicola Lambe, now Head of New Business Development at SRUC

Claire Donaldson (2010-2015)

Gibran Hemani (2007-2011) with principal supervisor Chris Haley, now a senior research fellow at University of Bristol

Richard Leach (2007-2011) with principal supervisor Liz Glass

Baitsi Podisi (2007-2011) with principal supervisor Paul Hocking

Ariel Lui (2007-2011) with principal supervisor John Woolliams

Christopher Franklin (2006-2010) with principal supervisor Jim Wilson, now a senior scientist at Genomics PLC

James Floyd (2006-2010), now a senior scientist at Genomics PLC

Joseph Powell (2006-2009) with principal supervisor Chris Haley

Georgia Hadjipavlou (2006-2009) with principal supervisor Steve Bishop

Claudia Cabrera (2005-2009) with principal supervisor DJ de Koning

Suzanne Rowe (2004-2009) with principal supervisor DJ de Koning

Craig Lewis (2006-2008) with principal supervisor Steve Bishop

Alex Lam (2005-2008) with principal supervisor DJ de Koning

Albert Tenesa (2000-2004) with principal supervisor Peter Visscher

Stuart Macgregor (2000-2003) with principal supervisor Peter Visscher

Victor Martinez (1999-2002)

Jean-Alain Grunchec

John Allen

 

Former MSc and undergraduate students

Joseph Gilbody