Dr. Gerton Lunter


I am an expert in algorithm development, statistical modelling and sequence analysis (particularly human genetics).

I gained my PhD in Mathematics in 1999, in the Netherlands. My published work includes the ‘Platypus’ algorithm and a paper demonstrating the dynamism of evolution. A group of us were also the first to show the importance of a class of so-called ‘non-coding DNA’. This class of DNA is now believed to be at least as important as ‘classical’ genes. But my proudest moment was hearing that our algorithms made a difference to a patient diagnosed with breast cancer. It resulted in a more positive prognosis and a more effective treatment. It’s a great feeling to see the impact of your work on individual lives. In my free time I love cycling and going on nature walks with my family. My attempt to master the piano is a work-in-progress.