Dr. Duncan Palmer


I work as part of the Precision Health team, working on methods to improve genetic risk prediction across diverse populations.

I am a statistical and population geneticist by training, having switched from studying host associated selection on viral genomes during my PhD with Angela McLean and Gil McVean at Oxford University, to complex trait genetics in humans with Ben Neale at the Broad Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital in the US. During my postdoc, I worked at the intersection of methods development and genetic data analysis. We developed an approach to estimate the contribution of non-additive effects to phenotypic variation, and applied it to the huge UK-Biobank dataset. I also led the analysis of the largest bipolar exome sequencing project to date. Outside work, I enjoy climbing and playing football badly.