Peter Joshi

Honorary Fellow


Peter Joshi is a tenured Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Edinburgh's Usher Institute. He completed his PhD in 2015, having focussed on the effect of parental relatedness of health related traits.

Runner Up Charles Epstein Award American Society of Human Genetics (2019)

Winner Lodewijk Sandkuijl Award European  Society of Human Genetics (2015)



BSc (1987 Mathematics, Edinburgh)

Diploma (1988, Actuarial Science, Heriot-Watt)

Fellow of Faculty of Actuaries (1990)

MSc (2011 Quantitative Genetics, Edinburgh)

PhD (2015, Complex Trait Genetics, Edinburgh)

Current PhD students supervised

Erin Macdonald Dunlop :

Past PhD students supervised

Paul Timmers:

Katie Barnes: Genetics of Multiple Sclerosis in the Northern Isles of Scotland

Katherine Kentistou: The genetic underpinnings of adiposity: from GWAS discovery to functional characterisation

Research summary

 He now specialises in genomic analysis of complex traits, especially lifespan, building on his expertise as an actuary.  He recently ran a consortium of 24 cohorts analysing over 1 million lifespans. His second research strand focuses multi-omic analysis of aging traits and their possible reversal. His publications are listed here.

Past research interests

I previously specialised in determining the effect of parental relatedness on complex traits, in humans, using runs of homozygosity.