Researcher biography

Jian Yang is a Professor of Statistical Genomics at Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland (UQ). He received his PhD in 2008 from Zhejiang University, China, which was followed by postdoctoral research at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. He joined UQ in 2012. His research interests are in developing novel methods and software tools to better understand the genetic architecture of complex traits and disease using high-throughput genetic and genomic data. He was the 2012 recipient of the Centenary Institute Lawrence Creative Prize, in recognition of his contribution to solving the missing heritability paradox. He received a NHMRC RD Wright Career Development Fellowship in the same year, and was one of two recipients of the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation’s Senior Medical Research Fellowship in 2014. He was awarded the Australian Academy of Science Ruth Stephens Gani Medal for distinguished research in human genetics in 2015, and was part of a team awarded an NHMRC Program Grant in 2016.