Dr Beben Benyamin

Research Fellow

Institute for Molecular Bioscience
b.benyamin@imb.uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 66430

Overview

Dr Beben Benyamin is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow at the Centre for Neurogenetics and Statistical Genomics, Queensland Brain Institute, the University of Queensland (UQ). He is also a Visiting Scientist at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. His research focuses on understanding the genetic aetiology of complex traits, including neuro-psychiatric diseases through the use and development of advanced statistical methods applied to genomic data. He obtained a Bachelor in Animal Sciences from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia (2000) and a Master of Agriculture in genetics from the University of Sydney, Australia (2002). In 2007, he was awarded a PhD in statistical genetics from the University of Edinburgh, UK. Before joining UQ in 2012, he worked at QIMR Berghofer (2006-2011).

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Publications

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Available Projects

  • The group is pleased to offer a number of fully funded PhD positions. These competitive scholarships are specifically aimed at attracting high quality national and international students in a wide range of fields relating to genetics, genomics, statistics, and programming.

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Publications

Journal Article

  • Del Greco M., Fabiola, Foco, Luisa, Pichler, Irene, Eller, Philipp, Eller, Kathrin, Benyamin, Beben, Whitfield, John B., Genetics of Iron Status Consortium, CKDGen Consortium, Pramstaller, Peter P., Thompson, John R., Pattaro, Cristian and Minelli, Cosetta (2016) Serum iron level and kidney function: a Mendelian randomization study. Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation, . doi:10.1093/ndt/gfw215

  • Chen, G-B., Lee, S. H., Zhu, Z-X., Benyamin, B. and Robinson, M. R. (2016) EigenGWAS: finding loci under selection through genome-wide association studies of eigenvectors in structured populations. Heredity, 117 1: 51-61. doi:10.1038/hdy.2016.25

  • Bui, Masato, Benyamin, Beben, Shah, Sonia, Henders, Anjali K., Martin, Nicholas G., Montgomery, Grant W. and McRae, Allan F. (2015) Sharing a placenta is associated with a greater similarity in DNA methylation in monochorionic versus dichorionic twin pars in blood at age 14. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 18 6: 680-685. doi:10.1017/thg.2015.87

  • Galesloot, Tessel E, Janss, Luc L, Burgess, Stephen, Kiemeney, Lambertus A.L.M, den Heijer, Martin, de Graaf, Jacqueline, Holewijn, Suzanne, Benyamin, Beben, Whitfield, John B, Swinkels, Dorine W and Vermeulen, Sita H (2015) Iron and hepcidin as risk factors in atherosclerosis: What do the genes say?. BMC Genetics, 16 79: . doi:10.1186/s12863-015-0246-4

  • He, Ji, Tang, Lu, Benyamin, Beben, Shah, Sonia, Hemani, Gib, Liu, Rong, Ye, Shan, Liu, Xiaolu, Ma, Yan, Zhang, Huagang, Cremin, Katie, Leo, Paul, Wray, Naomi R., Visscher, Peter M., Xu, Huji, Brown, Matthew A., Bartlett, Perry F., Mangelsdorf, Marie and Fan, Dongsheng (2015) C9orf72 hexanucleotide repeat expansions in Chinese sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Neurobiology of Aging, 36 9: 2660.e1-2660.e8. doi:10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2015.06.002

  • Hägg, Sara, Fall, Tove, Ploner, Alexander, Mägi, Reedik, Fischer, Krista, Draisma, Harmen H. M., Kals, Mart, de Vries, Paul S., Dehghan, Abbas, Willems, Sara M., Sarin, Antti-Pekka, Kristiansson, Kati, Nuotio, Marja-Liisa, Havulinna, Aki S., de Bruijn, Renee F. A. G., Ikram, M. Arfan, Kuningas, Maris, Stricker, Bruno H., Franco, Oscar H., Benyamin, Beben, Gieger, Christian, Hall, Alistair S., Huikari, Ville, Jula, Antti, Järvelin, Marjo-Riitta, Kaakinen, Marika, Kaprio, Jaakko, Kobl, Michael, Mangino, Massimo, Nelson, Christopher P., Palotie, Aarno, Samani, Nilesh J., Spector, Tim D., Strachan, David P., Tobin, Martin D., Whitfield, John B., Uitterlinden, André G., Salomaa, Veikko, Syvänen,, Ann-Christine, Kuulasmaa, Kari, Magnusson, Patrik K., Esko, Tõnu, Hofman, Albert, de Geus, Eco J. C., Lind, Lars, Giedraitis, Vilmantas, Perola, Markus, Evans, Alun, Ferrières, Jean, Virtamo, Jarmo, Kee, Frank, Tregouet, David-Alexandre, Arveiler, Dominique, Amouyel, Philippe, Gianfagna, Francesco, Brambilla, Paolo, Ripatti, Samuli, van Duijn, Cornelia M., Metspalu, Andres, Prokopenko, Inga, McCarthy, Mark I., Pedersen, Nancy L., Ingelsson, Erik and European Network for Genetic and Genomic Epidemiology (ENGAGE) consortium (2015) Adiposity as a cause of cardiovascular disease: A Mendelian randomization study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 44 2: 578-586. doi:10.1093/ije/dyv094

  • Polderman, Tinca J. C., Benyamin, Beben, de Leeuw, Christiaan A, Sullivan, Patrick F., van Bochoven, Arjen, Visscher, Peter M. and Posthuma, Danielle (2015) Meta-analysis of the heritability of human traits based on fifty years of twin studies. Nature Genetics, 47 7: 702-709. doi:10.1038/ng.3285

  • Fall, Tove, Hagg, Sara, Ploner, Alexander, Maegi, Reedik, Fischer, Krista, Draisma, Harmen H. M., Sarin, Antti-Pekka, Benyamin, Beben, Ladenvall, Claes, Akerlund, Mikael, Kals, Mart, Esko, Tonu, Nelson, Christopher P., Kaakinen, Marika, Huikari, Ville, Mangino, Massimo, Meirhaeghe, Aline, Kristiansson, Kati, Nuotio, Marja-Liisa, Kobl, Michael, Grallert, Harald, Dehghan, Abbas, Kuningas, Maris, de Vries, Paul S., de Bruijn, Renee F. A. G., Willems, Sara M., Heikkila, Kauko, Silventoinen, Karri, Pietilainen, Kirsi H., Legry, Vanessa, Giedraitis, Vilmantas, Goumidi, Louisa, Syvanen, Ann-Christine, Strauch, Konstantin, Koenig, Wolfgang, Lichtner, Peter, Herder, Christian, Palotie, Aarno, Menni, Cristina, Uitterlinden, Andre G., Kuulasmaa, Kari, Havulinna, Aki S., Moreno, Luis A., Gonzalez-Gross, Marcela, Evans, Alun, Tregouet, David-Alexandre, Yarnell, John W. G., Virtamo, Jarmo, Ferrieres, Jean, Veronesi, Giovanni, Perola, Markus, Arveiler, Dominique, Brambilla, Paolo, Lind, Lars, Kaprio, Jaakko, Hofman, Albert, Stricker, Bruno H., van Duijn, Cornelia M., Ikram, M. Arfan, Franco, Oscar H., Cottel, Dominique, Dallongeville, Jean, Hall, Alistair S., Jula, Antti, Tobin, Martin D., Penninx, Brenda W., Peters, Annette, Gieger, Christian, Samani, Nilesh J., Montgomery, Grant W., Whiteld, John B., Martin, Nicholas G., Groop, Leif, Spector, Tim D., Magnusson, Patrik K., Amouyel, Philippe, Boomsma, Dorret I., Nilsson, Peter M., Jarvelin, Marjo-Riitta, Lyssenko, Valeriya, Metspalu, Andres, Strachan, David P., Salomaa, Veikko, Ripatti, Samuli, Pedersen, Nancy L., Prokopenko, Inga, McCarthy, Mark I. and Ingelsson, Erik (2015) Age- and sex-specific causal effects of adiposity on cardiovascular risk factors. Diabetes, 64 5: 1841-1852. doi:10.2337/db14-0988

  • Benyamin, Beben, Esko, Tonu, Ried, Janina S., Radhakrishnan, Aparna, Vermeulen, Sita H., Traglia, Michela, Goegele, Martin, Anderson, Denise, Broer, Linda, Podmore, Clara, Luan, Jian'an, Kutalik, Zoltan, Sanna, Serena, van der Meer, Peter, Tanaka, Toshiko, Wang, Fudi, Westra, Harm-Jan, Franke, Lude, Mihailov, Evelin, Milani, Lili, Haeldin, Jonas, Winkelmann, Juliane, Meitinger, Thomas, Thiery, Joachim, Peters, Annette, Waldenberger, Melanie, Rendon, Augusto, Jolley, Jennifer, Sambrook, Jennifer, Kiemeney, Lambertus A., Sweep, Fred C., Sala, Cinzia F., Schwienbacher, Christine, Pichler, Irene, Hui, Jennie, Demirkan, Ayse, Isaacs, Aaron, Amin, Najaf, Steri, Maristella, Waeber, Gerard, Verweij, Niek, Powell, Joseph E., Nyholt, Dale R., Heath, Andrew C., Madden, Pamela A. F., Visscher, Peter M., Wright, Margaret J., Montgomery, Grant W., Martin, Nicholas G., Hernandez, Dena, Bandinelli, Stefania, van der Harst, Pim, Uda, Manuela, Vollenweider, Peter, Scott, Robert A., Langenberg, Claudia, Wareham, Nicholas J., van Duijn, Cornelia, Beilby, John, Pramstaller, Peter P., Hicks, Andrew A., Ouwehand, Willem H., Oexle, Konrad, Gieger, Christian, Metspalu, Andres, Camaschella, Clara, Toniolo, Daniela, Swinkels, Dorine W. and Whitfield, John B. (2014) Novel loci affecting iron homeostasis and their effects in individuals at risk for hemochromatosis. Nature Communications, 5 4926.1-4926.10. doi:10.1038/ncomms5926

  • Brion, Marie-Jo A., Benyamin, Beben, Visscher, Peter M. and Smith, George Davey (2014) Beyond the Single SNP: Emerging Developments in Mendelian Randomization in the “Omics” Era. Current Epidemiology Reports, 1 4: 228-236. doi:10.1007/s40471-014-0024-2

  • Rietveld, Cornelius A., Esko, Tonu, Davies, Gail, Pers, Tune H., Turley, Patrick, Benyamin, Beben, Chabris, Christopher F., Emilsson, Valur, Johnson, Andrew D., Lee, James J., De Leeuw, Christiaan, Marioni, Riccardo E., Medland, Sarah E., Miller, Michael B., Rostapshova, Olga, Van Der Lee, Sven J., Vinkhuyzen, Anna A. E., Amin, Najaf, Conley, Dalton, Derringer, Jaime, Van Duijn, Cornelia M., Fehrmann, Rudolf, Franke, Lude, Glaeser, Edward L., Hansell, Narelle K., Hayward, Caroline, Iacono, William G., Ibrahim-Verbaas, Carla, Jaddoe, Vincent, Karjalainen, Juha, Laibson, David, Lichtenstein, Paul, Liewald, David C., Magnusson, Patrik K. E., Martin, Nicholas G., McGue, Matt, McMahon, George, Pedersen, Nancy L., Pinker, Steven, Porteous, David J., Posthuma, Danielle, Rivadeneira, Fernando, Smithk, Blair H., Starr, John M., Tiemeier, Henning, Timpsonm, Nicholas J., Trzaskowskin, Maciej, Uitterlinden, Andre G., Verhulst, Frank C., Ward, Mary E., Wright, Margaret J., Smith, George Davey, Deary, Ian J., Johannesson, Magnus, Plomin, Robert, Visscher, Peter M., Benjamin, Daniel J., Cesarini, David and Koellinger, Philipp D. (2014) Common genetic variants associated with cognitive performance identified using the proxy-phenotype method. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 38: 13790-13794. doi:10.1073/pnas.1404623111

  • Benyamin, B., St Pourcain, B., Davis, O. S., Davies, G., Hansell, N. K., Brion, M. J., Kirkpatrick, R. M., Cents, R. A. M., Franic, S., Miller, M. B., Haworth, C. M. A., Meaburn, E., Price, T. S., Evans, D. M., Timpson, N., Kemp, J., Ring, S., McArdle, W., Medland, S. E., Yang, J., Harris, S. E., Liewald, D. C., Scheet, P., Xiao, X., Hudziak, J. J., de Geus, E. J. C., Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium 2 (WTCCC2), Jaddoe, V. W. V., Starr, J. M., Verhulst, F. C., Pennell, C., Tiemeier, H., Iacono, W. G., Palmer, L. J., Montgomery, G. W., Martin, N. G., Boomsma, D. I., Posthuma, D., McGue, M., Wright, M. J., Davey Smith, G., Deary, I. J., Plomin, R. and Visscher, P. M. (2014) Childhood intelligence is heritable, highly polygenic and associated with FNBP1L. Molecular Psychiatry, 19 2: 253-258. doi:10.1038/mp.2012.184

  • Hoggart, C. J., Venturini, G., Mangino, M., Gomez, F., Ascari, G., Zhao, J.H., Teumer, A., Winkler, T. W., Tsernikova, N., Luan, J., Mihailov, E., Ehret, G. B., Zhang, W., Lamparter, D., Esko, T., Mace, A., Rueger, S., Bochud, P.-Y., Barcella, M., Dauvilliers, Y., Benyamin, B., Evans, D. M., Hayward, C., Lopez, M. F., Franke, L., Russo, A., Heid, I. M., Salvi, E., Vendantam, S., Arking, D. E., Boerwinkle, E., Chambers, J. C., Fiorito, G., Grallert, H., Guarrera, S., Homuth, G., Huffman, J. E., Porteous, D., Berg, J., Blackwood, D., Campbell, H., Cavanagh, J., Connell, J., Connor, M., Cunningham-Burley, S., Deary, I., Dominiczak, A., Ellis, P., FitzPatrick, B., Ford, I., Gertz, R., Grau, A., Haddow, G., Jackson, C., Kerr, S., Lindsay, R., McGilchrist, M., McIntyre, D., Morris, A., Morton, R., Muir, W., Murray, G., Palmer, C., Pell, J., Philp, A., Porteous, D., Porteous, M., Procter, R., Ralston, S., Reid, D., Sinnott, R., Smith, B., St Clair, D., Sullivan, F., Sweetland, M., Ure, J., Watt, G., Wolf, R., Wright, A., de Bakker, P., Bultmann, U., Geleijnse, M., Harst, P. V. D., Koppelman, G., Rosmalen, J. G. M., van Rossum, L., Smidt, H., Swertz, M. A., Stolk, R. P., Alizadeh, B., de Boer, R., Boezen, H. M., Bruinenberg, M., Franke, L., van der Harst, P., Hillege, H., van der Klauw, M., Navis, G., Ormel, J., Postma, D., Rosmalen, J., Slaets, J., Snieder, H., Stolk, R., Wolffenbuttel, B., Wijmenga, C., Berndt, S. I., Gustafsson, S., Magi, R., Ganna, A., Wheeler, E., Feitosa, M. F., Justice, A. E., Monda, K. L., Croteau- Chonka, D.C., Day, F. R., Esko, T., Fall, T., Ferreira, T., Gentilini, D., Jackson, A. U., Luan, J., Randall, J. C., Vedantam, S., Willer, C. J., Winkler, T. W., Wood, A. R., Workalemahu, T., Hu, Y.-J., Lee, S.H., Liang, L., Lin, D.-Y., Min, J.L., Neale, B.M., Thorleifsson, G., Yang, J., Albrecht, E., Amin, N., Bragg-Gresham, J. L., Cadby, G., den Heijer, M., Eklund, N., Fischer, K., Goel, A., Hottenga, J.-J., Huffman, J. E., Jarick, I., Johansson, A., Johnson, T., Kanoni, S., Kleber, M. E., Konig, I. R., Kristiansson, K., Kutalik, Z., Lamina, C., Lecoeur, C., Li, G., Mangino, M., McArdle, W. L., Medina-Gomez, C., Muller-Nurasyid, M., Ngwa, J. S., Nolte, I. M., Paternoster, L., Pechlivanis, S., Perola, M., Peters, M. J., Preuss, M., Rose, L. M., Shi, J., Shungin, D., Smith, A. V., Strawbridge, R. J., Surakka, I., Teumer, A., Trip, M. D., Tyrer, J., Van Vliet-Ostaptchouk, J. V., Vandenput, L., Waite, L. L., Zhao, J. H., Absher, D., Asselbergs, F. W., Atalay, M., Attwood, A. P., Balmforth, A. J., Basart, H., Beilby, J., Bonnycastle, L. L., Brambilla, P., Bruinenberg, M., Campbell, H., Chasman, D. I., Chines, P. S., Collins, F. S., Connell, J. M., Cookson, W., de Faire, U., de Vegt, F., Dei, M., Dimitriou, M., Edkins, S., Estrada, K., Evans, D. M., Farrall, M., Ferrario, M. M., Ferrieres, J., Franke, L., Frau, F., Gejman, P. V., Grallert, H., Gronberg, H., Gudnason, V., Hall, A.S., Hall, P., Hartikainen, A.-L., Hayward, C., Heard-Costa, N. L., Heath, A. C., Hebebrand, J., Homuth, G., Hu, F. B., Hunt, S. E., Hypponen, E., Iribarren, C., Jacobs, K. B., Jansson, J.-O., Jula, A., Kahonen, M., Kathiresan, S., Kee, F., Khaw, K.-T., Kivimaki, M., Koenig, W., Kraja, A.T., Kumari, M., KariKuulasmaa, Kuusisto, J., Laitinen, J.H., Lakka, T. A., Langenberg, C., Launer, L. J., Lind, L., Lindstrom, J., Liu, J., Liuzzi, A., Lokki, M.-L., Lorentzon, M., Madden, P. A., Magnusson, P. K., Manunta P., Marek, D., Marz, W., Leach, I. M., McKnight, B., Medland, S. E., Mihailov, E., Milani, L., Montgomery, G. W., Mooser, V., Muhleisen, T. W., Munroe P.B., Musk A.W., Narisu N., Navis G., Nicholson G., Nohr E.A., Ong K.K., Oostra B.A., Palmer C.N.A., Palotie A., Peden J.F., Pedersen N., Peters A., Polasek O., Pouta A., Pramstaller P.P., Prokopenko I., Putter C., Radhakrishnan A., Raitakari O., Rendon A., Rivadeneira F., Rudan I., Saaristo T.E., Sambrook J.G., Sanders A.R., Sanna S., Saramies J., Schipf S., Schreiber S., Schunkert H., Shin S.-Y., Signorini S., Sinisalo J., Skrobek B., Soranzo N., Stancakova A., Stark K., Stephens J.C., Stirrups K., Stolk R.P., Stumvoll M., Swift A.J., Theodoraki E.V., Thorand B., Tregouet D.-A., Tremoli E., Van der Klauw M.M., van Meurs J.B.J., Vermeulen S.H., Viikari J., Virtamo J., Vitart V., Waeber G., Wang Z., Widen E., Wild S.H., Willemsen G., Winkelmann B.R., Witteman J.C.M., Wolffenbuttel B.H.R., Wong A., Wright A.F., Zillikens M.C., Amouyel P., Boehm B.O., Boerwinkle E., Boomsma D.I., Caulfield M.J., Chanock S.J., Cupples L.A., Cusi D., Dedoussis G.V., Erdmann J., Eriksson J.G., Franks P.W., Froguel P., Gieger C., Gyllensten U., Hamsten A., Harris T.B., Hengstenberg C., Hicks A.A., Hingorani A., Hinney A., Hofman A., Hovingh K.G., Hveem K., Illig T., Jarvelin M.-R., Jockel K.-H., Keinanen-Kiukaanniemi S.M., Kiemeney L.A., Kuh D., Laakso M., Lehtimaki T., Levinson D.F., Martin N.G., Metspalu A., Morris A.D., Nieminen M.S., Njolstad I., Ohlsson C., Oldehinkel A.J., Ouwehand W.H., Palmer L.J., Penninx B., Power C., Province M.A., Psaty B.M., Qi L., Rauramaa R., Ridker P.M., Ripatti S., Salomaa V., Samani N.J., Snieder H., Sorensen T.I.A., Spector T.D., Stefansson K., Tonjes A., Tuomilehto J., Uitterlinden A.G., Uusitupa M., van der Harst P., Vollenweider P., Wallaschofski H., Wareham N.J., Watkins H., Wichmann H.-E., Wilson J.F., Abecasis G.R., Assimes T.L., Barroso I., Boehnke M., Borecki I.B., Deloukas P., Fox C.S., Frayling T., Groop L.C., Haritunian T., Heid I.M., Hunter D., Kaplan R.C., Karpe F., MiriamMoffatt, Mohlke K.L., O'Connell J.R., Pawitan Y., Schadt E.E., Schlessinger D., Steinthorsdottir V., Strachan D.P., Thorsteinsdottir U., van Duijn C.M., Visscher P.M., Di Blasio A.M., Hirschhorn J.N., Lindgren C.M., Morris A.P., Meyre D., Scherag A., McCarthy M.I., Speliotes E.K., North K.E., Loos R.J.F., Ingelsson E., Moradpour D., Iranzo A., Hebebrand J., Kemp J.P., Lammers G.J., Aubert V., Heim M.H., Martin N.G., Montgomery G.W., Peraita-Adrados R., Santamaria J., Negro F., Schmidt C.O., Scott R.A., Spector T.D., Strauch K., Volzke H., Wareham N.J., Yuan W., Bell J.T., Chakravarti A., Kooner J.S., Peters A., Matullo G., Wallaschofski H., Whitfield J.B., Paccaud F., Vollenweider P., Bergmann S., Beckmann J.S., Tafti M., Hastie N.D., Cusi D., Bochud M., Frayling T.M., Metspalu A., Jarvelin M.-R., Scherag A., Da Smith G., Borecki I.B., Rousson V., Hirschhorn J.N., Rivolta C., Loos R.J.F. and Kutalik Z. (2014) Novel Approach Identifies SNPs in SLC2A10 and KCNK9 with Evidence for Parent-of-Origin Effect on Body Mass Index. PLoS Genetics, 10 7: 1-12. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1004508

  • Fall, Tove, Hägg, Sara, Maegi, Reedik, Ploner, Alexander, Fischer, Krista, Horikoshi, Momoko, Sarin, Antti-Pekka, Thorleifsson, Gudmar, Ladenvall, Claes, Kals, Mart, Kuningas, Maris, Draisma, Harmen H. M., Ried, Janina S., van Zuydam, Natalie R., Huikari, Ville, Mangino, Massimo, Sonestedt, Emily, Benyamin, Beben, Nelson, Christopher P., Rivera, Natalia V., Kristiansson, Kati, Shen, Huei-yi, Havulinna, Aki S., Dehghan, Abbas, Donnelly, Louise A., Kaakinen, Marika, Nuotio, Marja-Liisa, Robertson, Neil, de Bruijn, Renee F. A. G., Ikram, M. Arfan, Amin, Najaf, Balmforth, Anthony J., Braund, Peter S., Doney, Alexander S. F., Doering, Angela, Elliott, Paul, Esko, Tõnu, Franco, Oscar H., Gretarsdottir, Solveig, Hartikainen, Anna-Liisa, Heikkilä, Kauko, Herzig, Karl-Heinz, Holm, Hilma, Hottenga, Jouke Jan, Hyppönen, Elina, Illig, Thomas, Isaacs, Aaron, Isomaa, Bo, Karssen, Lennart C., Kettunen, Johannes, Koenig, Wolfgang, Kuulasmaa, Kari, Laatikainen, Tiina, Laitinen, Jaana, Lindgren, Cecilia, Lyssenko, Valeriya, Läärä, Esa, Rayner, Nigel W., Männistö, Satu, Pouta, Anneli, Rathmann, Wolfgang, Rivadeneira, Fernando, Ruokonen, Aimo, Savolainen, Markku J., Sijbrands, Eric J. G., Small, Kerrin S., Smit, Jan H., Steinthorsdottir, Valgerdur, Syvänen, Ann-Christine, Taanila, Anja, Tobin, Martin D., Uitterlinden, Andre G., Willems, Sara M., Willemsen, Gonneke, Witteman, Jacqueline, Perola, Markus, Evans, Alun, Ferrières, Jean, Virtamo, Jarmo, Kee, Frank, Tregouet, David-Alexandre, Arveiler, Dominique, Amouyel, Philippe, Ferrario, Marco M., Brambilla, Paolo, Hall, Alistair S., Heath, Andrew C., Madden, Pamela A. F., Martin, Nicholas G., Montgomery, Grant W., Whitfield, John B., Jula, Antti, Knekt, Paul, Oostra, Ben, van Duijn, Cornelia M., Penninx, Brenda W. J. H., Smith, George Davey, Kaprio, Jaakko, Samani, Nilesh J., Gieger, Christian, Peters, Annette, Wichmann, H.-Erich, Boomsma, Dorret I., de Geus, Eco J. C., Tuomi, TiinaMaija, Power, Chris, Hammond, Christopher J., Spector, Tim D., Lind, Lars, Orho-Melander, Marju, Palmer, Colin Neil Alexander, Morris, Andrew D., Groop, Leif, Järvelin, Marjo-Riitta, Salomaa, Veikko, Vartiainen, Erkki, Hofman, Albert, Ripatti, Samuli, Metspalu, Andres, Thorsteinsdottir, Unnur, Stefansson, Kari, Pedersen, Nancy L., McCarthy, Mark I., Ingelsson, Erik and Prokopenko, Inga (2013) The role of adiposity in cardiometabolic traits: a Mendelian randomization analysis. PLoS Medicine, 10 6: e1001474.1-e1001474.15. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001474

  • Schwab, Sibylle G., Kusumawardhani, Agung A. A. A., Dai, Nan, Qin, WenWen, Wildenauer, Mutiara D. B., Agiananda, Feranindhya, Amir, Nurmiati, Antoni, Ronald, Arsianti, Tiana, Asmarahadi, Asmarahadi, Diatri, Hervita, Djatmiko, Prianto, Irmansyah, Irmansyah, Khalimah, Siti, Kusumadewi, Irmia, Kusumaningrum, Profitasari, Lukman, Petrin R., Mustar, Lukman, Nasrun, Martina W., Naswati, Safyuni, Prasetiyawan, Prasetiyawan, Semen, Gerald M., Siste, Kristiana, Tobing, Heriani, Widiasih, Natalia, Wiguna, Tjhin, Wulandari, Widayanti Dewi, Benyamin, Beben and Wildenauer, Dieter B. (2013) Association of rs1344706 in the ZNF804A gene with schizophrenia in a case/control sample from Indonesia. Schizophrenia Research, 147 1: 46-52. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2013.03.022

  • Pichler, Irene, Del Greco, Fabiola, Goegele, Martin, Lill, Christina M., Bertram, Lars, Do, Chuong B., Eriksson, Nicholas, Foroud, Tatiana, Myers, Richard H., Nalls, Michael, Keller, Margaux F., Benyamin, Beben, Whitfield, John B., Pramstaller, Peter P., Hicks, Andrew A., Thompson, John R. and Minelli, Cosetta (2013) Serum Iron Levels and the Risk of Parkinson Disease: A Mendelian Randomization Study. Plos Medicine, 10 6: e1001462.1-e1001462.13. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001462

  • van der Harst, Pim, Zhang, Weihua, Leach, Irene Mateo, Rendon, Augusto, Verweij, Niek, Sehmi, Joban, Paul, Dirk S., Elling, Ulrich, Allayee, Hooman, Li, Xinzhong, Radhakrishnan, Aparna, Tan, Sian-Tsung, Voss, Katrin, Weichenberger, Christian X., Albers, Cornelis A., Al-Hussani, Abtehale, Asselbergs, Folkert W., Ciullo, Marina, Danjou, Fabrice, Dina, Christian, Esko, Tonu, Evans, David M., Franke, Lude, Goegele, Martin, Hartiala, Jaana, Hersch, Micha, Holm, Hilma, Hottenga, Jouke-Jan, Kanoni, Stavroula, Kleber, Marcus E., Lagou, Vasiliki, Langenberg, Claudia, Lopez, Lorna M., Lyytikainen, Leo-Pekka, Melander, Olle, Murgia, Federico, Nolte, Ilja M., O'Reilly, Paul F., Padmanabhan, Sandosh, Parsa, Afshin, Pirastu, Nicola, Porcu, Eleonora, Portas, Laura, Prokopenko, Inga, Ried, Janina S., Shin, So-Youn, Tang, Clara S., Teumer, Alexander, Traglia, Michela, Ulivi, Sheila, Westra, Harm-Jan, Yang, Jian, Zhao, Jing Hua, Anni, Franco, Abdellaoui, Abdel, Attwood, Antony, Balkau, Beverley, Bandinelli, Stefania, Bastardot, Francois, Benyamin, Beben, Boehm, Bernhard O., Cookson, William O., Das, Debashish, de Bakker, Paul I. W., de Boer, Rudolf A., de Geus, Eco J. C., de Moor, Marleen H., Dimitriou, Maria, Domingues, Francisco S., Doering, Angela, Engstrom, Gunnar, Eyjolfsson, Gudmundur Ingi, Ferrucci, Luigi, Fischer, Krista, Galanello, Renzo, Garner, Stephen F., Genser, Bernd, Gibson, Quince D., Girotto, Giorgia, Gudbjartsson, Daniel Fannar, Harris, Sarah E., Hartikainen, Anna-Liisa, Hastie, Claire E., Hedblad, Bo, Illig, Thomas, Jolley, Jennifer, Kahonen, Mika, Kema, Ido P., Kemp, John P., Liang, Liming, Lloyd-Jones, Heather, Loos, Ruth J. F., Meacham, Stuart, Medland, Sarah E., Meisinger, Christa, Memari, Yasin, Mihailov, Evelin, Miller, Kathy, Moffatt, Miriam F., Nauck, Matthias, Novatchkova, Maria, Nutile, Teresa, Olafsson, Isleifur, Onundarson, Pall T., Parracciani, Debora, Penninx, Brenda W., Perseu, Lucia, Piga, Antonio, Pistis, Giorgio, Pouta, Anneli, Puc, Ursula, Raitakari, Olli, Ring, Susan M., Robino, Antonietta, Ruggiero, Daniela, Ruokonen, Aimo, Saint-Pierre, Aude, Sala, Cinzia, Salumets, Andres, Sambrook, Jennifer, Schepers, Hein, Schmidt, Carsten Oliver, Sillje, Herman H. W., Sladek, Rob, Smit, Johannes H., Starr, John M., Stephens, Jonathan, Sulem, Patrick, Tanaka, Toshiko, Thorsteinsdottir, Unnur, Tragante, Vinicius, van Gilst, Wiek H., van Pelt, L. Joost, van Veldhuisen, Dirk J., Voelker, Uwe, Whitfield, John B., Willemsen, Gonneke, Winkelmann, Bernhard R., Wirnsberger, Gerald, Algra, Ale, Cucca, Francesco, d'Adamo, Adamo Pio, Danesh, John, Deary, Ian J., Dominiczak, Anna F., Elliott, Paul, Fortina, Paolo, Froguel, Philippe, Gasparini, Paolo, Greinacher, Andreas, Hazen, Stanley L., Jarvelin, Marjo-Riitta, Khaw, Kay Tee, Lehtimaki, Terho, Maerz, Winfried, Martin, Nicholas G., Metspalu, Andres, Mitchell, Braxton D., Montgomery, Grant W., Moore, Carmel, Navis, Gerjan, Pirastu, Mario, Pramstaller, Peter P., Ramirez-Solis, Ramiro, Schadt, Eric, Scott, James, Shuldiner, Alan R., Smith, George Davey, Smith, J. Gustav, Snieder, Harold, Sorice, Rossella, Spector, Tim D., Stefansson, Kari, Stumvoll, Michael, Tang, W. H. Wilson, Toniolo, Daniela, Toenjes, Anke, Visscher, Peter M., Vollenweider, Peter, Wareham, Nicholas J., Wolffenbuttel, Bruce H. R., Boomsma, Dorret I., Beckmann, Jacques S., Dedoussis, George V., Deloukas, Panos, Ferreira, Manuel A., Sanna, Serena, Uda, Manuela, Hicks, Andrew A., Penninger, Josef Martin, Gieger, Christian, Kooner, Jaspal S., Ouwehand, Willem H., Soranzo, Nicole and Chambers, John C. (2012) Seventy-five genetic loci influencing the human red blood cell. Nature, 492 7429: 369-375. doi:10.1038/nature11677

  • Tielbeek, Jorim J., Medland, Sarah E., Benyamin, Beben, Byrne, Enda M., Heath, Andrew C., Madden, Pamela A. F., Martin, Nicholas G., Wray, Naomi R. and Verweij, Karin J. H. (2012) Unraveling the genetic etiology of adult antisocial behavior: a genome-wide association study. PLoS One, 7 10: . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045086

  • Verweij, Karin J. H., Vinkhuyzen, Anna A. E., Benyamin, Beben, Lynskey, Michael T., Quaye, Lydia, Agrawal, Arpana, Gordon, Scott D., Montgomery, Grant W., Madden, Pamela A. F., Heath, Andrew C., Spector, Andrew C., Martin, Nicholas G. and Medland, Sarah E. (2012) The genetic aetiology of cannabis use initiation: a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies and a SNP-based heritability estimation. Addiction Biology, 18 5: 846-850. doi:10.1111/j.1369-1600.2012.00478.x

  • Rao, Fangwen, Chiron, Stephane, Wei, Zhiyun, Fung, Maple M., Chen, Yuqing, Wen, Gen, Khandrika, Srikrishna, Ziegler, Michael G., Benyamin, Beben, Montgomery, Grant, Whitfield, John B., Martin, Nicholas G., Waalen, Jill, Hamiltoni, Bruce A., Mahata, Sushil K. and O'Connor, Daniel T. (2012) Genetic variation within a metabolic motif in the chromogranin A promoter: Pleiotropic influence on cardiometabolic risk traits in twins. American Journal of Hypertension, 25 1: 29-40. doi:10.1038/ajh.2011.163

  • Middelberg, Rita P., Benyamin, Beben, de Moor, Marleen H. M., Warrington, Nicole M., Gordon, Scott, Henders, Anjali K., Medland, Sarah E., Nyholt, Dale R., de Geus, Eco J. C., Hottenga, Jouke J., Willemsen, Gonneke, Beilin, Lawrence J., Mori, Trevor A., Wright, Margaret J., Heath, Andrew C., Madden, Pamela A. F., Boomsma, Dorret I., Pennell, Craig E., Montgomery, Grant W., Martin, Nicholas G. and Whitfield, John B. (2012) Loci affecting gamma-glutamyl transferase in adults and adolescents show age x SNP interaction and cardiometabolic disease associations. Human Molecular Genetics, 21 2: 446-455. doi:10.1093/hmg/ddr478

  • Benyamin, Beben, Middelberg, Rita P., Lind, Penelope A., Valle, Anne M., Gordon, Scott, Nyholt, Dale R., Medland, Sarah E., Henders, Anjali K., Heath, Andrew C., Madden, Pamela A. F., Visscher, Peter M., O'Connor, Daniel T., Montgomery, Grant W., Martin, Nicholas G. and Whitfield, John B. (2011) GWAS of butyrylcholinesterase activity identifies four novel loci, independent effects within BCHE and secondary associations with metabolic risk factors. Human Molecular Genetics, 20 22: 4504-4514. doi:10.1093/hmg/ddr375

  • Kutalik, Zoltan, Benyamin, Beben, Bergmann, Sven, Mooser, Vincent, Waeber, Gerard, Montgomery, Grant W., Martin, Nicholas G., Madden, Pamela A. F., Heath, Andrew C., Beckmann, Jacques S., Vollenweider, Peter, Marques-Vidal, Pedro and Whitfield, John B. (2011) Genome-wide association study identifies two loci strongly affecting transferrin glycosylation. Human Molecular Genetics, 20 18: 3710-3717. doi:10.1093/hmg/ddr272

  • Benyamin, Beben, Montgomery, Grant W., Martin, Nicholas G. and Whitfield, John B. (2011) Transferrin saturation and mortality. Clinical Chemistry, 57 6: 921-923. doi:10.1373/clinchem.2011.162784

  • Martin, Nicolas W., Benyamin, Beben, Hansell, Narelle K., Montgomery, Grant W., Martin, Nicholas G., Wright, Margaret J. and Bates, Timothy C. (2011) Cognitive function in adolescence: Testing for interactions between breast-feeding and FADS2 polymorphisms. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 50 1: 55-62.e4. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2010.10.010

  • Verweij, Kjh, Zietsch, BP, Medland, SE, Gordon, SD, Benyamin, B, Nyholt, DR, McEvoy, BP, Sullivan, PF, Heath, AC, Madden, PAF, Henders, AK, Montgomery, GW, Martin, NG and Wray, NR (2010) A genome-wide association study of Cloninger’s temperament scales: Implications for the evolutionary genetics of personality. Biological Psychology, 85 2: 306-317. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2010.07.018

  • Yang, Jian, Benyamin, Beben, McEvoy, Brian P., Gordon, Scott, Henders, Anjali K., Nyholt, Dale R., Madden, Pamela A., Heath, Andrew C., Martin, Nicholas G., Montgomery, Grant W., Goddard, Michael E. and Visscher, Peter M. (2010) Common SNPs explain a large proportion of the heritability for human height. Nature Genetics, 42 7: 565-569. doi:10.1038/ng.608

  • Benyamin, B, Ferreira, MAR, Willemsen, G, Gordon, S, Middelberg, RPS, McEvoy, BP, Hottenga, JJ, Henders, AK, Campbell, MJ, Wallace, L, Frazer, IH, Heath, AC, de Geus, EJC, Nyholt, DR, Visscher, PM, Penninx, BW, Boomsma, DI, Martin, NG, Montgomery, GW and Whitfield, JB (2009) Common variants in TMPRSS6 are associated with iron status and erythrocyte volume. Nature Genetics, 41 11: 1173-1175. doi:10.1038/ng.456

  • J Kettunen, M Perola, N G Martin, B K Cornes, S G Wilson, G W Montgomery, B Benyamin, J R Harris, D Boomsma, G Willemsen, J-J Hottenga, P E Slagboom, K Christensen, K O Kyvik, T I A Sørensen, N L Pedersen, P K E Magnusson, T Andrew, T D Spector, E Widen, K Silventoinen, J Kaprio, A Palotie and L Peltonen (2009) Multicenter dizygotic twin cohort study confirms two linkage susceptibility loci for body mass index at 3q29 and 7q36 and identifies three further potential novel loci. International Journal of Obesity, 33 11: 1235-1242. doi:10.1038/ijo.2009.168

  • Benyamin, Beben, Visscher, Peter M. and McRae, Allan F. (2009) Family-based genome-wide association studies. Pharmacogenomics, 10 2: 181-190. doi:10.2217/14622416.10.2.181

  • Beben Benyamin, Allan F. McRae, Gu Zhu, Scott Gordon, Anjali K. Henders, Aarno Palotie, Leena Peltonen, Nicholas G. Martin, Grant W. Montgomery, John B. Whitfield and Peter M. Visscher (2009) Variants in TF and HFE Explain 40% of Genetic Variation in Serum-Transferrin Levels. American Journal of Human Genetics, 84 1: 60-65. doi:10.1016/j.ajhg.2008.11.011

  • Hasselbalch, Ann L., Benyamin, Beben, Visscher, Peter M., Heitmann, Berit L., Kyvik, Kirsten O. and Sorensen, Thorkild I. A. (2008) Common genetic components of obesity traits and serum leptin. Obesity, 16 12: 2723-2729. doi:10.1038/oby.2008.440

  • Benyamin, Beben, Perola, Markus, Cornes, Belinda K., Madden, Pamela A. F., Palotie, Aarno, Nyholt, Dale R., Montgomery, Grant W., Peltonen, Leena, Martin, Nicholas G. and Visscher, Peter M. (2008) Within-family outliers: segregating alleles or environmental effects? A linkage analysis of height from 5815 sibling pairs. European Journal of Human Genetics, 16 4: 516-524. doi:10.1038/sj.ejhg.5201992

  • Visscher, Peter M., Macgregor, Stuart, Benyamin, Beben, Zhu, Gu, Gordon, Scott, Medland, Sarah, Hill, William G., Hottenga, Jouke-Jan, Willemsen, Gonneke, Boomsma, Dorret I., Liu, Yao-Zhong, Deng, Hong-Wen, Montgomery, Grant W. and Martin, Nicholas G. (2007) Genome partitioning of genetic variation for height from 11,214 sibling pairs. American Journal of Human Genetics, 81 5: 1104-1110. doi:10.1086/522934

  • Benyamin, B., Sorensen, T. I. A., Schousboe, K., Fenger, M., Visscher, P. M. and Kyvik, K. O. (2007) Are there common genetic and environmental factors behind the endophenotypes associated with the metabolic syndrome?. Diabetologia, 50 9: 1880-1888. doi:10.1007/s00125-007-0758-1

  • Perola, Markus, Sammalisto, Sampo, Hiekkalinna, Tero, Martin, Nick G., Visscher, Peter M., Montgomery, Grant W., Benyamin, Beben, Harris, Jennifer R., Boomsma, Dorret, Willemsen, Gonneke, Hottenga, Jouke-Jan, Christensen, Karre, Kyvik, Kirsten Ohm, Sorensen, Thorkild I., Pedersen, Nancy L., Magnusson, Patrik K., Spector, Tim D., Widen, Elisabeth, Silventoinen, Karri, Kaprio, Jaakko, Palotie, Aarno, Peltonen, Leena and GenomEUtwin Project (2007) Combined genome scans for body stature in 6,602 European twins: Evidence for common Caucasian loci. PLoS Genetics, 3 6: 1019-1028. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.0030097

  • Fenger, Mogens, Benyamin, Beben, Schousboe, Karoline, Sorensen, Thorkild I. A. and Kyvik, Kirsten O. (2007) Variance decomposition of apolipoproteins and lipids in Danish twins. Atherosclerosis, 191 1: 40-47. doi:10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2006.04.024

  • Benyamin, Beben, Martin, Ian C. A., Cheung, Carol C., Buckley, Michael F., Thomson, Peter C., Visscher, Peter M. and Moran, Chris (2007) Bodyweight QTL on mouse chromosomes 4 and 11 by selective genotyping: regression v. maximum likelihood. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 47 6: 677-682. doi:10.1071/EA06123

  • Benyamin, Beben, Deary, Ian J. and Visscher, Peter M. (2006) Precision and bias of a normal finite mixture distribution model to analyze twin data when zygosity is unknown: simulations and application to IQ phenotypes on a large sample of twin pairs. Behavior Genetics, 36 6: 935-946. doi:10.1007/s10519-006-9086-3

  • Benyamin, Beben, Wilson, Valerie, Whalley, Lawrence J., Visscher, Peter M. and Deary, Ian J. (2005) Large, consistent estimates of the heritability of cognitive ability in two entire populations of 11-year-old twins from Scottish mental surveys of 1932 and 1947. Behavior Genetics, 35 5: 525-534. doi:10.1007/s10519-005-3556-x

  • Visscher, Peter M., Benyamin, Beben and White, Ian (2004) The use of linear mixed models to estimate variance components from data on twin pairs by maximum likelihood. Twin Research, 7 6: 670-674. doi:10.1375/1369052042663742

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Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • The group is pleased to offer a number of fully funded PhD positions. These competitive scholarships are specifically aimed at attracting high quality national and international students in a wide range of fields relating to genetics, genomics, statistics, and programming.