Jonathan Marchini (Group leader)


Jonathan is interested in developing statistical methods, theory and computational tools and software that solve problems, and help others make discoveries, in the areas of human disease genetics and population genetics. He currently holds an ERC Consolidator Award to work on methods development for high-dimensional genetic datasets and a Wellcome Trust Collaborator Award to work on the 100,000 Genomes Project.


Kevin Sharp (Post doctoral researcher)

IMG_0077Kevin is interested in applying ideas from machine learning and computational statistics to help to identify the heritable factors and environmental exposures which influence complex traits and human diseases. Recently, this work has embraced improved methods of phasing in the context of large sample sizes and moderate to high coverage sequencing data, and a new method, GPMM to detect SNPs associated with phenotypes primarily through interaction with other genetic variants (epistasis).

Lloyd Elliott (Post doctoral researcher)

lloyd copyLloyd is interested in applications of machine learning to high dimensional data in neuroscience and genetics. His focus is on modelling dependencies among phenotypes using transfer-learning, kernel methods, LDS/HMMs, relational models and Bayesian graphical models. Currently, he is working on uncovering heritabiliy in brain networks using data from the UK Biobank and the Human Connectome Project in collaboration with Prof Steve Smith at fMRIB, Oxford

Sile Hu (Post doctoral researcher)


Sile is currently a postdoc working on the Wellcome-Trust funded project: “Building a platform for genetic inference from the Genomics England data”. He is co-supervised by Prof Simon Myers and Dr Garrett Hellenthal (UCL).



Sinan Shi (Research Programmer)

WhatsApp Image 2017-05-08 at 22.29.26Sinan Shi is currently a postdoctoral research assistant working on the Wellcome Trust funded project “Building a platform for genetic inference from the Genomics England data”. He is interested in statistical software development. He is co-supervised by Prof. Simon Myers and Dr. Garrett Hellenthal (UCL).



Christopher Gill (DPhil student)


Chris is a student in the Systems Approaches to Biomedical Sciences (SABS) doctoral program. He is interested in developing statistical tools and pipelines to provide new insights into genetic ancestry estimation and is collaborating with the company Living DNA. He is co-supervised by Prof Simon Myers.


Daniel Wells (DPhil student)


Daniel is a student in the Genomic Medicine and Statistics doctoral programme. He is interested in developing methods to identify the basis of cellular identity and gene expression modules from sparse sequencing data. He is co-supervised by Prof Simon Myers.




Simone Rubinacci (DPhil Student)


Simone is a DPhil student in the Systems Biology Doctoral Training Center program and a member of St Catherine’s College. His research is focused on speeding up Bayesian inference methods in statistical genetics area using GPU computing.

Matthew Kerin (DPhil Student)


Matt is a student in the Genomic Medicine and Statistics doctoral programme. He is interested in developing efficient methods to identify gene-environment interactions, with the aim of using the UK BioBank as a model dataset. He is co-supervised by Dr Kevin Sharp.


Past group members


Olivier Delaneau – now at the University of Geneva.

Niall Cardin – now at Google, Mountain View, CA.

Jason Liu


Victoria Hore – now a research scientist at Second Measure in San Francisco, USA.

Warren Kretzschmar – now a postdoc with Olof Emanuelsson in Stockholm, Sweden.

Marie Forest – now a Senior postdoc with Celia Greenwood in Montreal.

Jared O’Connell – now a research scientist llumina Ltd near Cambridge.

Melissa Maczka – now a Data Science Fellow at The ASI.

Valentina Iotchkova  – now an ESPOD Fellow at the Sanger and EBI in Hinxton with Nicole Soranzo and Ewan Birney

Eleni Frangou – now at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, Oxford

Claire Churchhouse  – now a Scientific Advisor at the AGTU in Boston

Androniki Menelaou – went on to a postdoc at UMC Utrecht with Paul De Bakker, now a Data Scientist at IMG Bank.

Teresa Ferreira – now a postdoc at WTCHG, Oxford with Andrew Morris)

Joanne Gale

Bryan Howie   -went on to a postdoc at Chicago with Matthew Stephens, now a Lead Statistician at Adaptive Biotech in Seattle.

Zhan Su – went onto a postdoc at WTCHG, Oxford with Peter Donnelly, now a Quant at Sun Trading LLC.