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Allan Wilson at Otago explores the health and histories of New Zealand populations using evolutionary genomics.

Steering Committee

Mr Gary Wilson
Mr Gary Wilson, family representative.

The Steering Committee guides the research direction of Allan Wilson at Otago.

We are delighted to have Mr Gary Wilson, Allan's brother, as a Wilson family representative on our committee.

Principal investigators

Lisa Matisoo SmithProfessor Lisa Matisoo-Smith

Biological Anthropology including human evolution and human history and adaptation in the Pacific region, focused on both ancient and modern populations.
Presentations and interviews with Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith

David BryantProfessor David Bryant

Mathematical and statistical modelling; development of novel techniques and software for analysis of complex evolutionary signals.
Presentations and interviews with Professor David Bryant

Neil GemmellProfessor Neil Gemmell

Geneticist and evolutionary biology with broad interests in the application of genomics to explore evolutionary processes and consequences.
Presentations and interviews with Professor Neil Gemmell

Michael Knapp tnDr Michael Knapp

Paleogenomics and development of ancient DNA tools for genetic analyses of ancient human remains.
Presentations and interviews with Dr Michael Knapp

Tony MerrimanProfessor Tony Merriman

Genetic basis of metabolic disease in the modern Māori and Pacific populations.
Presentations and interviews with Professor Tony Merriman

Hamish SpencerProfessor Hamish Spencer

Mathematical population genetics and epigenetics, field-oriented evolutionary studies including taxonomic work, and the history of genetics, especially eugenics.
Presentations and interviews with Professor Hamish Spencer

Jon WatersProfessor Jon Waters

Evolutionary genetics and biogeography.
Presentations and interviews with Professor Jon Waters

Associate investigators