I studied mathematics at U Newcastle (NSW) and worked there for a year as tutor and research assistant before heading to the University of Oxford to study for a PhD in mathematics. I then held a junior academic post at Oxford for a year before moving successively to Queen Mary London, the University of Reading, Imperial College London and University College London. After 30 years in the UK, in 2014 I returned to Australia where I am Professor of Statistical Genetics in the Schools of BioSciences and of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Melbourne.
My researches cover a broad range of mathematical and statistical problems in genetics – evolutionary, population and medical. I also work on the evaluation of weight of evidence for forensic DNA profiles and have given expert evidence in many court cases as well as writing a book "Weight-of-Evidence for Forensic DNA Profiles" (Wiley, 2nd ed 2015). I am an editor of the Handbook of Statistical Genetics (Wiley, 4th edition will appear early 2019) and the Handbook of Statistical Systems Biology (Wiley, 2011).
I am also Director of Melbourne Integrative Genomics https://research.unimelb.edu.au/integrative-genomics. MIG is co-hosted by my two Schools, and we develop and apply mathematical and statistical methods in genomics, including environmental and medical applications as well as basic biology and population genomics.