A QBI group leader has received an Australian Academy of Science award recognising his research in human genetics.

Associate Professor Jian Yang was awarded the 2015 Ruth Stephens Gani Medal for his contributions to solving the “missing heritability” paradox through the development and application of novel statistical genetics methods that quantified the contribution to trait variation from common genetic polymorphisms.

“With the rapid development of biotechnologies, biological data have been growing exponentially, which is both a challenge and an opportunity for computational biologists,” Associate Professor Yang said.

His work is aimed at identifying novel genes, functional elements, or pathways that play key roles in complex diseases, and to translate research findings into clinical practices.

Associate Professor Yang will be presented with the award at the Academy's Shine Dome in May.