Tuesday 26 May, 12pm-1pm
Professor David Balding received a BMath from the University of Newcastle (Australia) and a PhD in Applied Probability from the University of Oxford. He then held academic posts in and around London, initially in Mathematics but transitioning through Applied Statistics and Epidemiology, Public Health to Genetics. His research develops mathematical, computational, statistical innovations in population, evolutionary, medical and forensic genetics. He has given expert evidence in many court cases, mostly about interpretation of DNA profile evidence which is the topic of his monograph 'Weight-of-Evidence for Forensic DNA Profiles' (Wiley, 2nd ed 2015). After 30 years in the UK, he returned to Australia in 2014 where he is Professor of Statistical Genetics at The University of Melbourne. He is also Director of the newly-established Melbourne Integrative Genomics (MIG). He is lead editor of the Handbook of Statistical Genomics, 4th ed (2019), with co-editors Ida Moltke (Copenhagen) and John Marioni (Cambridge).