Program in complex trait genomics

Prof Peter Visscher, Prof Naomi Wray and Prof Jian Yang together comprise the executive team of the Progam in Complex Trait Genomics Group (PCTG), funded as an NHMRC Program Grant 2017-2021.

The PCTG comprises a critical mass of more than 30 postdoctoral researchers, plus research assistants and students, all supported by external grant funding.

PCTG is structured into five research themes: statistical genomics, systems genomics, psychiatric genomics, MND genomics and genomics of cognitive ageing.

The Wray laboratory focusses on understanding the genetic contribution to psychiatric and neurological disorders. The group specialises in applying new analytical methods of genomic data to provide insights into these complex disorders, with an ultimate goal to improve diagnosis, prognosis and treatments. The lab plays a key role in the international Psychiatric Genomics Consortium and Prof Wray co-leads the sporadic ALS Australia systems genomics consortium (SALSA), funded by the IceBucket Challenge.

The Visscher laboratory specialises in developing methodology that enables analyses aimed at understanding the genetic basis of differences in risk for disease, and other phenotypes between individuals. This research crosses the boundaries of quantitative and statistical genetics, population genetics and human genetics. Applications are diverse but include the study of cognition, cognitive change, and psychiatric and neurological disorders. 

The Yang laboratory works on the interplay of genetics, genomics, statistics and computer science. The group’s research focusses on developing new statistical methods and performing large-scale analyses of high-throughput genetic and genomic data to understand the genetic architecture of complex traits in humans, with specific interests in model traits such as height, and common diseases such as obesity and schizophrenia.

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  Group Leaders

  • Professor Peter Visscher

    Group Leader, Genomics of Development and Disease Division
    Professorial Research Fellow
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
    Joint Appointment
    Queensland Brain Institute
  • Professor Naomi Wray

    Group Leader, Genomics of Development and Disease Division
    Professorial Research Fellow
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
    Joint Appointment
    Queensland Brain Institute
  • Professor Jian Yang

    Group Leader, Genomics of Development and Disease Division
    Professorial Research Fellow
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
    Joint Appointment
    Queensland Brain Institute

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  • Ms Jing Guo

    Higher degree by research (PhD) student
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Mr Longda Jiang

    Higher degree by research (PhD) student
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Mr Irfahan Kassam

    Higher degree by research (PhD) student
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Mrs Jennifer Pavlides

    Research higher degree (MPhil) student
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Mr Restu Restuadi

    Higher degree by research (PhD) student
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Ms Costanza Vallerga

    Higher degree by research (PhD) student
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Mr Huanwei Wang

    Higher degree by research (PhD) student
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Ms Ying Wang

    Higher degree by research (PhD) student
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Mr Yang Wu

    Higher degree by research (PhD) student
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Mr Angli Xue

    Higher degree by research (PhD) student
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Mr Qian Zhang

    Higher degree by research (PhD) student
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience

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