Statistical Genetics Unit
The Statistical Genetics Unit (SGU), led by Professor Cathryn Lewis, is a cross-school unit, comprising the Statistical Genetics researchers in the Division of Genetics & Molecular Medicine, part of the King's College London School of Medicine, and the Statistical and quantitative genetics researchers at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre (SGDP), part of the Institute of Psychiatry.
Our aims are to develop and apply methods in statistical genetics, with a particular focus on complex traits. Applications include behavioural genetics modelling in twin and family data and the identification and characterisation of causal genetic variation in complex disease.
We have well-established and productive collaborations with molecular and clinical research groups working in such diverse fields as inflammatory bowel disease, unipolar depression, and transplantation. The very real questions arising from these projects, in the context of the constantly changing landscape of molecular data generation technologies, are what motivate our research into new statistical developments and data analysis approaches.