4 - 7th November 2018

Leo and Daniel both gave talks at the ProbGen Conference in CSHL on “Reconstructing the genealogies of humans and wild mice” and “Decomposition of mouse spermatogenesis at single-cell resolution reveals dynamic transcriptional programs orchestrated by a rich regulatory repertoire”.

30th October 2018

Our paper on non-crossover events is now avaliable on bioRxiv.

12th September 2018

Simon will be giving a keynote presentation at the The Students and Postdocs Meiosis Workshop in Montpellier, France on the 12th of September.

22nd August 2018

Postdoc opportunity in statistical and population genetics at University of Oxford.
Closing date: 17th September 2018

We are currently advertising for a postdoctoral researcher in Statistical and Population Genetics at the University of Oxford’s Department of Statistics. Supervisory support will be jointly provided by Simon Myers and Jonathan Marchini (Oxford) and Dr Garrett Hellenthal (UCL). The post is for 18 months. For informal queries contact Simon Myers ( Full details at

16th August 2018

Daniel’s paper on single cell RNAseq of the testis is now avaliable on bioRxiv.

25th July 2018

Mike’s paper on inferring ancestry segments and characterizing admixture events is now avaliable on bioRxiv.

12th July 2018

Leo gave a talk at SMBE on “Identifying natural selection by constructing genome-wide genealogies”

12th March 2018

Clare’s paper on fine-scale population structure in Spain is now avaliable on bioRxiv

6th February 2018

Clare and Simon have been working with Oxford Sparks to create an animation about their work on fine scale population structure as part of a special exhibition at the University of Oxford Museum of Natural History. You can watch the animation at and find out more about the Settlers exhbition at

29th January 2018

Wellcome to Chris Cole who is joining the group for a rotation project as part of the Genomic Medicine and Statistics DPhil course.

3 Jan 2018

A number of our group are going to the 51st Population Genetics Group Meeting this week in Bristol. Leo will be giving a presentation on “A method for estimating genome-wide genealogies for thousands of samples”, and Jeffery will be presenting his previous post-doc work: “A numerical solution of the Wright-Fisher SDE with application to transition probability density approximation”.

15 December 2017

We went out for lunch this week to mark the departure of Ran who is off to do a second postdoc in the Ratcliffe group, Oxford.

06 December 2017

Simon delivered the Francis Crick lecture at the Royal Society on “The birth of a new species: Bringing together, yet driving apart”. (more details). If you missed it you can watch it on the Royal Societies YouTube channel here!

Image: Simon receiving his commemorative scroll from Sir John Skehel. (Daniel Wells CC-BY 4.0)

27 November 2017

Congratulations to Clare for passing her PhD viva this week!

26 October 2017

Our paper on “A map of human PRDM9 binding provides evidence for novel behaviors of PRDM9 and other zinc-finger proteins in meiosis” is now published in Elife.

27 August 2017

This week a number of us will be at the EMBO conference on Meiosis in Croatia.

31 May 2017

Nick’s paper “Human PRDM9 Can Bind And Activate Promoters, And Other Zinc-Finger Proteins Associate With Reduced Recombination In cis” is now available on bioRxiv!

18 July 2016.

Breaking news is that Simon has been awarded the 2017 Francis Crick Medal and Lecture by the Royal Society “for transforming our understanding of meiotic recombination and of human population history. ” The prize lecture will be delivered in December 2017.

This prestigious prize is a great recognition of the contribution that Simon is making to understanding key aspects of genetics.

04 July 2016.

Robbie and Simon (along with coauthors) have published a Nature Genetics paper detailing the STITCH method for Rapid genotype imputation from sequence without reference panels. This method allows for imputation based only on sequencing read data, without requiring additional reference panels or array data. The approach is accurate even in settings of extremely low sequencing coverage. For example, accurate imputation of 5.7 million SNPs at a mean r2 value of 0.98 in 2,073 outbred laboratory mice is achieved (0.15× sequencing coverage). In a related paper, also in Nature Genetics today, STITCH is used to do Genome-wide association of multiple complex traits in outbred mice.

15 April 2016.

We are hiring! There are 2 positions in Statistical Genetics Methods Development and 1 position in Statistical Genetics Software Development. The full-time positions are funded by the Wellcome Trust and are fixed-term for 3 years. These positions will focus on analysing data gathered by Genomics England (GEL). GEL will deep sequence the complete genomes of approximately 70,000 individuals, sampled across diverse rare disease phenotypes, cancer patients, and healthy individuals. Funding is via a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award, and these positions will be supervised jointly by Prof Myers and Prof Jonathan Marchini.

The closing date for applications is 1 June 2016.

23 February 2016.

The 2nd Probabilistic Modeling in Genomics Conference (ProbGen16), will be held at the Department of Statistics, University of Oxford, UK.

Monday 12th September – Wednesday 14th September 2016

Organisers: Jonathan Marchini, University of Oxford, UK; Simon Myers, University of Oxford, UK; Jotun Hein, University of Oxford, UK; Peter Ralph, University of South California, USA

11 February 2016.

A study by a team including 5 members of the Myers Group has published a paper in Nature that shows the role the PRDM9 gene plays in speciation. This was achieved by completely restoring fertility in normally infertile hybrids of two mouse subspecies, by the insertion of a human equivalent of the PRDM9 gene.

16 November 2015.

Robbie is writing up his DPhil thesis and has found employment! He will be working with Genomics plc in Oxford as a Statistical Bioinformatician / Geneticist.

15 July 2015.

We had burgers and a few beers to mark the departure of Nick this week. Nick is off to do a second PhD in Bioengineering at UC Berkeley.

March 2015.

The People of the British Isles paper appeared in Nature. This paper leverages some of the recent work done by the Myers group and “shows that subtle variations in the genetic make-up of modern Britons reflect the history of their islands’ colonisation by peoples from mainland Europe since the last Ice Age.” (credit: Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics)

February 2014.

“A genetic atlas of human admixture history” appeared in Science. In this study, which attracted considerable press attention, we developed and applied to a large dataset of 1500 individuals from 94 populations, a model-based approach to identify, and date, mixing events among human populations. The work is the first to describe, in detail, how the DNA of most humans is affected by such events, and discovers impacts on our DNA of recorded historical events, e.g. the Mongol empire.