Prof. Gil McVean

Founder & Director

I am a Professor of Statistical Genetics at the University of Oxford, the Director of the Oxford Big Data Institute and a founder of Genomics plc. My main expertise is in statistical genetics, human genome variation and evolution.

I help organise and run the 1,000 Genomes Project, which is mapping human genomic variation. I’m also part of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health where I help establish methods and protocols for storing and exchanging genomic data with linked medical information.

Along with my Francis Crick lecture at the Royal Society, one of my proudest moments was a 2004 paper showing recombination hotspots in humans.

Outside work, my passions lay in family, natural history and various forms of sourdough.