Professor Peter Visscher FRS

Peter Visscher is a quantitative geneticist who studies trait variation in populations. He has developed and applied statistical analysis methods to quantify and dissect the contribution of DNA polymorphisms to variation between individuals, thereby demonstrating the pervasiveness of polygenicity and pleiotropy for quantitative traits and risk of common diseases. His research has applications in medicine, evolutionary biology and agriculture.

Peter trained in quantitative genetics at the University of Edinburgh and is currently Professor of Quantitative Genetics at the University of Oxford and at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2010 and an Affiliate Member of European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2020.

Professional position

  • Professor of Quantitative Genetics, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford
  • Professor of Quantitative Genetics, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University Of Queensland
Professor Peter Visscher FRS
Elected 2018