Bill Hill


1965    Ph.D., Department of Genetics, University of Edinburgh

1979    Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

1985    Fellow of the Royal Society

1965-1983    Lecturer, Reader in Genetics, University of Edinburgh

1983-2002    Professor of Animal Genetics

2003-Present    Emeritus Professor of Animal Genetics

Research summary

I undertake theoretical studies on population and quantitative genetics and on their application to animal improvement and to understanding of evolution. I no longer maintain any lab or experiments. Much research is in collaboration with the Roslin Institute, SAC, the animal breeding industry and groups elsewhere, including those of Weir in Seattle and Visscher in Brisbane. I am interested in what maintains variation in complex traits within populations, both the genetic and the environmental components, and in particular the role of mutations. Thus we are developing theory aimed at explaining levels of, for example, heritability, and in considering breeding programmes which influence the homogeneity of livestock products. My other research is primarily on inferences about population structure using marker data, particularly on linked loci, including development of theory and analytical methods.

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