Quantitative Genetics

Quantitative genetics is the study of variation in complex traits, namely traits that are variable in populations as a result of the activity of many genes and environmental factors.  In the last 10 years, QG has been revolutionized by the advent of next generation sequencing and whole genome genotyping, which have enabled genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and comprehensive rare pathogenic variant detection, all leading to personalized medicine.  In the CIG our QG program includes Greg Gibson (predictive health), Fred Vannberg (personalized cancer profiling), Patrick McGrath (life history and behavior), and Annalise Paaby (cryptic genetic variation).