Professor Peter Donnelly, St Anne's Fellow and Professor of Statistical Sciences in the University, has been elected a Fellow of The Royal Society in recognition of his work on the Human Genome and HapMap projects.
The International HapMap project was a $100M collaboration involving scientists from Canada, China, Japan, Nigeria, UK, and USA, which naturally followed on from the Human Genome Project in studying patterns of genetic variation in 270 people sampled from four different human populations. The project examined over 3 million positions in our DNA known to vary between individuals.
Aside from shedding light on human history and fundamental evolutionary processes, the HapMap data will provide a powerful tool for use in studies of human diseases. Professor Donnelly co-chaired its Analysis Group, and was one of the corresponding authors of the major paper describing the project published in Nature last year.