Gil McVean is Professor of Statistical Genetics at the University of Oxford and Acting Director of Oxford’s Big Data Institute within the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery. After an undergraduate training in Zoology, he worked in Cambridge and Edinburgh on evolutionary genetics before joining Oxford in 2000. His research focuses on developing statistical and computational methodologies to help understand the mechanisms shaping genetic variation in natural populations. Gil has developed approaches to detect genetic variation using de novo assembly and developed methods for dissecting the genetic basis of risk to complex diseases such as multiple sclerosis arising from genetic variation within the HLA. He helped set up a Wellcome Trust PhD course in Genomic Medicine and Statistics aimed at bringing students from the mathematical and physical sciences to work on problems in biology. In 2013 Gil was appointed Acting Director of the Oxford Big Data Institute, a new initiative to drive the collection, analysis and interpretation of population-scale biomedical data.