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Dr Oliver Davis

Dr Oliver Davis

Dr Oliver Davis
BA(Cantab), MSc(Nott), MSc(Kings College London), PhD(Kings College London), PGCert(Kings College London)

Reader in Statistical Genetics

Area of research

Genetic and environmental data science

Office OS13
Oakfield House,
Oakfield Grove, Clifton BS8 2BN
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+44 (0) 117 3310069

Summary

Genetic variation affects all complex human traits and disorders. However, which DNA variants affect us and how they have their effect depends on the environmental and developmental context. For example, some genetic influences may be apparent only in childhood, or only in the centre of large cities. Our lab uses emerging technologies to collect, analyse and visualize data from large population samples around the world, exploring the dynamic relationship between genotype and phenotype in humans.

We use techniques such as twin model-fitting and genome-wide analysis of ‘omics data, as well as developing our own new statistical and visual analysis approaches. Recent projects from the lab include studies showing increasing genetic influence across time for cognitive abilities, the spACE project which is mapping the world’s genetic and environmental hotspots for complex traits, and the EMBERS project which is collecting millions of tweets from thousands of participants to track dynamic genetic and environmental influences on mood in emerging adulthood.

Biography

Oliver read Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge before studying for an MSc and PhD in statistical behavioural genetics at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King’s College London. After his PhD, he was awarded a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust, spending time at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford and the European Bioinformatics Unit near Cambridge. Towards the end of his fellowship he established a new lab at UCL Genetics Institute in London, before moving to Bristol in 2015.

Keywords

  • statistical genetics
  • behavioural genetics
  • genetic epidemiology
  • data science
  • dynamic genetics
  • complex trait genetics

Methodologies

  • genome-wide association studies
  • twin model fitting
  • computational modelling
  • data visualisation

Memberships

Organisations

Bristol Medical School (PHS)

Other sites

Centres, collaborations and units

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