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Dr Oliver Davis
Darwin Building
Gower Street
  • Sir Henry Wellcome Research
  • UCL Genetics Institute
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
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Research Summary

Genetic and environmental variation affect all complex human traits and disorders. However, which variants affect us and how they have their effects depends on the environmental and developmental context. For example, some genetic effects may be apparent only in childhood, or only in the centre of large cities. Our lab collects, analyses and visualizes data from large population samples around the world to explore this dynamic relationship between genotype and phenotype in humans.

We use approaches including twin model-fitting and genome-wide analysis in samples such as the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) of 10,000 pairs of UK twins (http://www.teds.ac.uk), as well as developing our own new statistical and visual analysis approaches to big data. Recent projects from the lab include spACE, which is mapping the world’s genetic and environmental hotspots (http://bit.ly/tedsgeo), and EMBERS, which is using Twitter to track gene-environment interplay in emerging adulthood.

Academic Background
2012 FHEA Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education King's College London
2009 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Behavioural Genetics King's College London
2006 MSc Master of Science – Behavioural Genetics King's College London
2001 BA Bachelor of Arts – Natural Sciences University of Cambridge
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