Dr Benjamin Wright


Research associate


Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Roosevelt Dr. 
Oxford, OX3 7BN




Research summary

When I entered the field of statistical genetics I initially worked on the analysis of GWAS data. Since then, as technology has moved on, I have provided analysis of whole-genome sequencing. Inevitably, such analysis intersects with a number of other areas of genetics when it comes to separating the wheat from the chaff in the results obtained; a particular field of interest is the use of annotated databases of variants, such as the HGMD or other, gene-specific resources.

In the wider field of statistics, I have an interest in the graphical presentation of data, both as a means of livening up otherwise dry material and to provide an information-dense but readily-interpretable overview of data beyond a simple numeric summary.

Recent publications

Erdmann, J., A. Grosshennig, et al. (2009). "New susceptibility locus for coronary artery disease on chromosome 3q22.3." Nature Genetics 41(280-282).

Myocardial Infarction Genetics Consortium (2009). "Genome-wide association of early-onset myocardial infarction with single nucleotide polymorphisms and copy number variants." Nature Genetics 41(334-341).

Soranzo, N., T. D. Spector, et al. (2009). "A genome-wide meta-analysis identifies 22 loci associated with eight hematological parameters in the HaemGen consortium." Nature Genetics 41(1182 - 1190).

Trégouët, D.-A., I. R. König, et al. (2009). "Genome-wide haplotype association study identifies the SLC22A3-LPAL2-LPA gene cluster as a risk locus for coronary artery disease." Nature Genetics 41(283-285).

Marchini, J., J. Z. Liu, et al. (2010). "Genomewide association meta-analysis of smoking." Nature Genetics 42(436–440).