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At GTAC, located in the grounds of University High School, corner Royal Parade and Story Street, Parkville (enter off Story Street or Royal Parade)
Wednesday 15 July  2015, 6:30 pm

 Dr Stephen Leslie 
 Murdoch Childrens Research Institute 
“Genetics, Geography and Human History: Using genome-wide DNA data to infer the population history of the people of the British Isles”

This talk presents some of the findings from the People of the British Isles project, published in Nature (March 2015, featured on the cover).  Using newly developed statistical techniques the study uncovered subtle genetic differences between people from different regions of the UK, at a hitherto unprecedented level of detail, using only genetic information. These genetic differences reflect current historical and archaeological knowledge, as well as providing new insights into the historical make up of the British population, and the movement of people from Europe into the British Isles. This is the first detailed analysis of very fine-scale genetic differences and their origin in a population of very similar humans. The methods developed are readily extended to analyses in other populations.

Stephen Leslie is a statistician working in the field of mathematical genetics.  He did his undergraduate degree at ANU, then obtained his doctorate from Oxford.  After graduating Stephen took up a position as a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Statistics at Oxford. In 2010 he was recruited by Sir Walter Bodmer FRS and Peter Donnelly to lead the statistical analyses for the People of the British Isles Project.  In 2012 he returned to Australia to establish his own research group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute as the Group Leader in Statistical Genetics.

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