Ed LouisProf Ed Louis studied Biology and Mathematics at Clarkson University in upstate New York obtaining a BSc degree in both in 1981. Here Prof John Jungck was a major influence on his future research directions. This training was ideal for his PhD in Genetics, 1986, at the University of California at Berkeley where he studied the ‘Population Genetics of Complex Human Traits’ under Prof Glenys Thomson.

An American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship at Brandeis University with Prof Jim Haber started Ed’s work with yeast as a model organism. In 1991, as part of the reverse brain drain, Ed moved to the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford as a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Basic Biomedical Sciences, where he continued using yeast to study telomeres, genome stability and evolution as well as develop tools for analysing telomeres from various parasites. In 1996 he was part of the project that completed the first eukaryotic genome sequence, a prelude to the human genome project.

He was appointed as Professor of Genetics at the University of Leicester in 2000, and was director of research for Biology and founding director of the Institute of Genetics.

In 2005 he was temporarily wooed away to the University of Nottingham as Professor of Genome Dynamics. While there he initiated the population genomics analysis of yeast with Richard Durbin of the Sanger Institute, which was a prelude to the 1000 Genome Project. Eight years to the day, he returned to Leicester as Director of GACT.

Professor Louis is on the editorial board of several journals, serves on research committees for the French (ANR) and Portuguese (FCT) national research councils and the Royal Society, and has served the BBSRC, and chaired the scientific advisory board of Liverpool’s next generation sequencing centre CGR. He is a Trustee (Chair of the Board) of the Frozen Ark charity which preserves and promotes the preservation of DNA and tissue samples from endangered species and he is a Trustee Director of the Earlham Institute (formerly TGAC). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and was a holder of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award.He is also honorary Professor of the Hubei University School of Medicine in China.

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To contact the Centre for Genetic Architecture of Complex Traits, please email Professor Ed Louis

The postal address is:

GACT, Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK

Phone: (+44) 0116 229 7813

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