Prof. Peter Donnelly

Founder & CEO

I am Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, and Professor of Statistical Science, at the University of Oxford. My research involves the analysis of genomic data to understand human disease, human biology, and human history.

After growing up in Australia, I studied for a doctorate in Mathematics in Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar.   My work has focussed on genetics and genomics for the last 15 years, and I feel incredibly fortunate to be involved in one of the most exciting areas of science.  It is an honour to have been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

I am proud of having played a leading role in some of the major national and international genomics projects, including the HapMap Project, and the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium.  The main paper from the Consortium – which I chaired – won several awards, including Scientific American’s Research Leader of the Year, The Lancet’s Paper of the Year, and the Amadeo Prize. While my TED talk has (scarily) been viewed a million times.

Beyond work, I love being with my kids, playing and watching sport, cooking and dancing (badly).

Papers and Talks

Genetics, genomics, and human disease

Genome-wide association study of 14,000 cases of seven common diseases and 3,000 shared controls

Public Lectures

How juries are fooled by statistics

The Gene Revolution