Understanding individual differences between people that are caused by genetic factors, and the consequences thereof

Prof Peter Visscher and Prof Naomi Wray together are directors of the Program in Complex Trait Genomics Group (PCTG), funded as an NHMRC Program Grant 2017-2021, an ARC Laureate Fellowship 2019-2024 (Visscher) and an NHMRC senior Investigator Grant (Wray).

The Executive Team comprises Profs Visscher and Wray, Dr Anjali Henders, Human Studies Unit Manager, A/Prof Allan McRae (ARC Future Fellow) and Dr Loic Yengo (ARC DECRA Fellow).

The PCTG comprises a critical mass of more than 40 postdoctoral researchers, research assistants and HDR students, all supported by external grant funding.

PCTG has particular strengths in a number of research areas, including statistical genomics (Dr Loic Yengo, ARC DECRA Fellow; Dr Jian Zeng, NHMRC Early Career Fellow), genetics of gene regulation (A/Prof Allan McRae, ARC Future Fellow), systems genomics and cardiovascular disease (Dr Sonia Shah, NHMRC Early Career Fellow), neurological and psychiatric genomics (Dr Enda Byrne, NHMRC Early Career Fellow 2013-2017; Dr Fleur Garton, NHMRC Early Career Fellow) and Biobank Genomics (Dr Kathryn Kemper).

Key breakthroughs & discoveries

Missing heritability GCTA: A Tool for Genome-wide Complex Trait Analysis 10 years of GWAS discovery Genetic relationship between psychiatric disorders in collaboration with the International Schizophrenia Consortium and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium - 1 Genetic relationship between psychiatric disorders in collaboration with the International Schizophrenia Consortium and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium - 2 Genetics of depression in collaboration with the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium


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Group leaders

Prof Peter Visscher

Professor Peter Visscher

Group Leader, Genomics of Development and Disease Division

Investigator, UQ Project Three Billion

Co-Directors, Program in Complex Trait Genomics

  +61 7 334 62635
  peter.visscher@uq.edu.au
  UQ Researcher Profile


Professor Naomi Wray

Professor Naomi Wray

Group Leader, Genomics of Development and Disease Division

Investigator, UQ Project Three Billion

Co-Directors, Program in Complex Trait Genomics

  +61 7 334 62635
  naomi.wray@uq.edu.au
  UQ Researcher Profile

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Our Human Studies Unit supports main researchers locally and nationally in data collection studies and in generation of genomic data in large samples.

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