Professor Peter M. Visscher

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 peter.visscher@uq.edu.au
 Building: QBI Building #79
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 Tel: +61 7 334 66348

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Queensland Brain Institute
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, 4072
Queensland
Australia

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Research directions

Current collaborations

Selected publications

 

Short biography 

Peter Visscher is Professor and Chair of Quantitative Genetics at the University of Queensland and an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow. He joined The University of Queensland in October 2011, where he has a joint position at the Queensland Brain Institute and the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2010. After obtaining a BSc in Animal Science in 1985 he worked for a few years in the Department of Agriculture in Holland before moving to Edinburgh in 1987 for a Masters and PhD in animal breeding and genetics (supervised by Bill Hill FRS and Robin Thompson FRSE), working on the estimation of genetic parameters in large dairy cattle pedigrees. A postdoc with Mike Goddard FAA (Melbourne) was followed by a return to Edinburgh, where he worked with Chris Haley FRSE (Roslin Institute) on marker-assisted-selection and QTL mapping methodology. In 1995 he moved to a faculty position at the University of Edinburgh. He was at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research from 2005-2011.

Research directions

My broad interest is to understand individual differences between people that are caused by genetic factors. My research programme focuses on methodology in statistical and quantitative genetics and application of new methods and new kinds of genetic & genomic data to answer important scientific questions. Applications include dissection of genetic variation underlying cognition and cognitive change and quantifying and deciphering the genetic architecture of psychiatric disorders.

Current collaborations 

Selected publications

  • Davies G, Tenesa A, Payton A, Yang J, Harris SE, Liewald D, Ke X, Le Hellard S, Christoforou A, Luciano M, McGhee K, Lopez L, Gow AJ, Corley J, Redmond P, Fox HC, Haggarty P, Whalley LJ, McNeill G, Goddard ME, Espeseth T, Lundervold AJ, Reinvang I, Pickles A, Steen VM, Ollier W, Porteous DJ, Horan M, Starr JM, Pendleton N, Visscher PM, Deary IJ (2011). Genome-wide association studies establish that human intelligence is highly heritable and polygenic. Molecular Psychiatry 16:996-1005.
  • Deary IJ, Yang J, Davies G, Harris SE, Tenesa A, Liewald D, Luciano M, Lopez LM, Gow AJ, Corley J, Redmond P, Fox HC, Rowe SJ, Haggarty P, McNeill G, Goddard ME, Porteous DJ, Whalley LJ, Starr JM, Visscher PM (2012). Genetic contributions to stability and change in intelligence from childhood to old age. Nature 482:212-5.
  • Lee SH, Wray NR, Goddard ME, Visscher PM (2011): Estimating Missing Heritability for Disease from Genome-wide Association Studies. American Journal of Human Genetics 88:294-305.
  • Purcell SM, Wray NR, Stone JL, Visscher PM, O’Donovan MC, Sullivan PF, Sklar P. International Schizophrenia Consortium (2009) Common polygenic variation plays an important role in schizophrenia. Nature460: 748-752
  • Yang J, Benyamin B, McEvoy BP, Gordon S, Henders AK, Nyholt DR, Madden PA, Heath AC, Martin NG, Montgomery GW, Goddard ME, Visscher PM (2010). Common SNPs explain a large proportion of the heritability for human height. Nature Genetics 42:565-9.
  • Yang J, Manolio TA, Pasquale LR, Boerwinkle E, Caporaso N, Cunningham JM, de Andrade M, Feenstra B, Feingold E, Hayes MG, Hill WG, Landi MT, Alonso A, Lettre G, Lin P, Ling H, Lowe W, Mathias RA, Melbye M, Pugh E, Cornelis MC, Weir BS, Goddard ME, Visscher PM (2011). Genome partitioning of genetic variation for complex traits using common SNPs. Nature Genetics 43:519-25.

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    Group Members Based at University of Queensland Diamantina Institute

      Jian Yang
(jian.yang@uq.edu.au
       
      Allan McRae
allan.mcrae@uq.edu.au
       
      Joseph Powell
joseph.powell@uq.edu.au
       
      Gib Hemani
g.hemani@uq.edu.au
       
      Anita Goldinger
anita.goldinger@uqconnect.edu.au