Dr Loic Yengo Dimbou

ARC DECRA Fellow - GL

Institute for Molecular Bioscience
l.yengo@imb.uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 62095

Overview

Dr Loic Yengo is a statistical geneticist and group leader of the Statistical Genomics Laboratory (SG2). Yengo joined the University of Queensland in 2016 with a research background in applied mathematics, statistics, and molecular epidemiology. His current research focuses on understanding the genetic and phenotypic consequences of non-random mating (inbreeding and assortative mating) in human populations, and on developing analytical methods for genome-wide association studies (GWAS).

Research Impacts

Yengo's research contributes to the discovery of genes and biological pathways involved in the etiology of multifactorial diseases such as obesity or type 2 diabetes. A better understanding of genes underlying inter-individual variation in disease susceptibility has the potential to illuminate new and personalised therapies.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Applied Mathematics, Lille I

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Short Project description. This projects aims at utilising genetic and phenotypic data from ~500,000 participants of the UK Biobank to investigate phenotypic and genetic patterns induced by non-random mating in humans. Two forms of non-random mating will be investigated: assortative mating (resemblance between spouses) and inbreeding (mating between relatives). Findings from this project have implications in the analysis and interpretation of genome-wide association studies. The project will involve advanced modelling and statistical analyses of large volumes of data (genotyped and imputed SNP data, whole-exome sequencing, gene-expression, brain-imaging derived-traits).

    Candidate. Candidates with a background in quantitative/population genetics, statistics, mathematics and other quantitative fields will be considered. Programming skills (R, python, C/C++) and prior experience in analysing genetic data (e.g. GWAS) is desirable. (Note: if required, lectures on fundamental concepts of quantitative and population genetics can be taken as part of the PhD training).

    The Team. The successful candidate will be doing their research within the Program in Complex Traits Genomics (PCTG) Lab co-led by Professors Jian Yang, Naomi Wray and Peter Visscher, who are internationally recognized leaders in the field of complex traits genetics and have been recently listed among the world’s top one per cent most cited researchers of their field. PCTG provides a stimulating and highly interdisciplinary environment for PhD candidates to form and develop their research.

    PhD advisor. Dr Loic Yengo is a senior research officer of the Institute of Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland, Australia; and the Statistical Genetics Team leader within PCTG. He did his PhD in applied mathematics and is an expert in statistical modelling and analysis of genetic data. His research interests intersect quantitative genetics, genetic epidemiology and sociogenomics.

    Expected start. First semester of 2020.

    Contact. If you’re interested, please send your CV and cover letter and two references to Dr Loic Yengo: l.yengo@imb.uq.edu.au

    URLs

    IMB: https://imb.uq.edu.au/

    The team PCTG: http://cnsgenomics.com/

    PhD advisor: https://scholar.google.fr/citations?user=iv8dxlIAAAAJ&hl=en

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Publications

Journal Article

  • Hivert, Valentin, Sidorenko, Julia, Rohart, Florian, Goddard, Michael E., Yang, Jian, Wray, Naomi R., Yengo, Loic and Visscher, Peter M. (2021). Estimation of non-additive genetic variance in human complex traits from a large sample of unrelated individuals. The American Journal of Human Genetics, 108 (5), 786-798. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2021.02.014

  • Guo, Jing, Bakshi, Andrew, Wang, Ying, Jiang, Longda, Yengo, Loic, Goddard, Michael E., Visscher, Peter M. and Yang, Jian (2021). Quantifying genetic heterogeneity between continental populations for human height and body mass index. Scientific Reports, 11 (1) 5240, 1-9. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-84739-z

  • Zeng, Jian, Xue, Angli, Jiang, Longda, Lloyd-Jones, Luke R., Wu, Yang, Wang, Huanwei, Zheng, Zhili, Yengo, Loic, Kemper, Kathryn E., Goddard, Michael E., Wray, Naomi R., Visscher, Peter M. and Yang, Jian (2021). Widespread signatures of natural selection across human complex traits and functional genomic categories. Nature Communications, 12 (1) 1164, 1-12. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-21446-3

  • Kemper, Kathryn E., Yengo, Loic, Zheng, Zhili, Abdellaoui, Abdel, Keller, Matthew C., Goddard, Michael E., Wray, Naomi R., Yang, Jian and Visscher, Peter M. (2021). Phenotypic covariance across the entire spectrum of relatedness for 86 billion pairs of individuals. Nature Communications, 12 (1) 1050, 1050. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-21283-4

  • Baselmans, Bart M.L., Yengo, Loic, van Rheenen, Wouter and Wray, Naomi R. (2021). Risk in relatives, heritability, SNP-based heritability and genetic correlations in psychiatric disorders: a review. Biological Psychiatry, 89 (1), 11-19. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2020.05.034

  • Vogelezang, Suzanne, Bradfield, Jonathan P., Ahluwalia, Tarunveer S., Curtin, John A., Lakka, Timo A., Grarup, Niels, Scholz, Markus, van der Most, Peter J., Monnereau, Claire, Stergiakouli, Evie, Heiskala, Anni, Horikoshi, Momoko, Fedko, Iryna O., Vilor-Tejedor, Natalia, Cousminer, Diana L., Standl, Marie, Wang, Carol A., Viikari, Jorma, Geller, Frank, Íñiguez, Carmen, Pitkänen, Niina, Chesi, Alessandra, Bacelis, Jonas, Yengo, Loic, Torrent, Maties, Ntalla, Ioanna, Helgeland, Øyvind, Selzam, Saskia, Vonk, Judith M. ... Felix, Janine F. (2020). Novel loci for childhood body mass index and shared heritability with adult cardiometabolic traits. PLoS Genetics, 16 (10) e1008718, e1008718. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1008718

  • Bonnefond, Amélie, Boissel, Mathilde, Bolze, Alexandre, Durand, Emmanuelle, Toussaint, Bénédicte, Vaillant, Emmanuel, Gaget, Stefan, Graeve, Franck De, Dechaume, Aurélie, Allegaert, Frédéric, Guilcher, David Le, Yengo, Loïc, Dhennin, Véronique, Borys, Jean-Michel, Lu, James T., Cirulli, Elizabeth T., Elhanan, Gai, Roussel, Ronan, Balkau, Beverley, Marre, Michel, Franc, Sylvia, Charpentier, Guillaume, Vaxillaire, Martine, Canouil, Mickaël, Washington, Nicole L., Grzymski, Joseph J. and Froguel, Philippe (2020). Pathogenic variants in actionable MODY genes are associated with type 2 diabetes. Nature Metabolism, 2 (10), 1126-1134. doi: 10.1038/s42255-020-00294-3

  • Raymond, Biaty, Yengo, Loic, Costilla, Roy, Schrooten, Chris, Bouwman, Aniek C., Hayes, Ben J., Veerkamp, Roel F. and Visscher, Peter M. (2020). Using prior information from humans to prioritize genes and gene-associated variants for complex traits in livestock. PLoS Genetics , 16 (9) e1008780, 1-20. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1008780

  • Wang, Ying, Guo, Jing, Ni, Guiyan, Yang, Jian, Visscher, Peter M. and Yengo, Loic (2020). Theoretical and empirical quantification of the accuracy of polygenic scores in ancestry divergent populations. Nature Communications, 11 (1) 3865, 3865. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-17719-y

  • Couvy‐Duchesne, Baptiste, Strike, Lachlan T., Zhang, Futao, Holtz, Yan, Zheng, Zhili, Kemper, Kathryn E., Yengo, Loic, Colliot, Olivier, Wright, Margaret J., Wray, Naomi R., Yang, Jian and Visscher, Peter M. (2020). A unified framework for association and prediction from vertex‐wise grey‐matter structure. Human Brain Mapping, 41 (14) hbm.25109, 4062-4076. doi: 10.1002/hbm.25109

  • Yengo, Loic, Sidari, Morgan, Verweij, Karin J. H., Visscher, Peter M., Keller, Matthew C. and Zietsch, Brendan P. (2019). No evidence for social genetic effects or genetic similarity among friends beyond that due to population stratification: A reappraisal of Domingue et al (2018). Behavior Genetics, 50 (1), 67-71. doi: 10.1007/s10519-019-09979-2

  • Lloyd-Jones, Luke R., Zeng, Jian, Sidorenko, Julia, Yengo, Loïc, Moser, Gerhard, Kemper, Kathryn E., Wang, Huanwei, Zheng, Zhili, Magi, Reedik, Esko, Tõnu, Metspalu, Andres, Wray, Naomi R., Goddard, Michael E., Yang, Jian and Visscher, Peter M. (2019). Improved polygenic prediction by Bayesian multiple regression on summary statistics. Nature Communications, 10 (1) 5086, 5086. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-12653-0

  • Abdellaoui, Abdel, Hugh-Jones, David, Yengo, Loic, Kemper, Kathryn E., Nivard, Michel G., Veul, Laura, Holtz, Yan, Zietsch, Brendan P., Frayling, Timothy M., Wray, Naomi R., Yang, Jian, Verweij, Karin J. H. and Visscher, Peter M. (2019). Genetic correlates of social stratification in Great Britain. Nature Human Behaviour, 3 (12), 1332-1342. doi: 10.1038/s41562-019-0757-5

  • Yengo, Loic, Wray, Naomi R. and Visscher, Peter M. (2019). Extreme inbreeding in a European ancestry sample from the contemporary UK population. Nature Communications, 10 (1) 3719, 3719. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-11724-6

  • Wray, Naomi R. and Yengo, Loic (2019). Assortative mating in autism spectrum disorder: toward an evidence base from DNA data, but not there yet. Biological Psychiatry, 86 (4), 250-252. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2019.06.007

  • Liu, Ching-Ti, Merino, Jordi, Rybin, Denis, DiCorpo, Daniel, Benke, Kelly S., Bragg-Gresham, Jennifer L., Canouil, Mickaël, Corre, Tanguy, Grallert, Harald, Isaacs, Aaron, Kutalik, Zoltan, Lahti, Jari, Marullo, Letizia, Marzi, Carola, Rasmussen-Torvik, Laura J., Rocheleau, Ghislain, Rueedi, Rico, Scapoli, Chiara, Verweij, Niek, Vogelzangs, Nicole, Willems, Sara M., Yengo, Loïc, Bakker, Stephan J. L., Beilby, John, Hui, Jennie, Kajantie, Eero, Müller-Nurasyid, Martina, Rathmann, Wolfgang, Balkau, Beverley ... Bouatia-Naji, Nabila (2019). Genome-wide association study of change in fasting glucose over time in 13,807 non-diabetic European ancestry individuals. Scientific Reports, 9 (1) 9439. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-45823-7

  • Wu, Yeda, Byrne, Enda M., Zheng, Zhili, Kemper, Kathryn E., Yengo, Loic, Mallett, Andrew J., Yang, Jian, Visscher, Peter M. and Wray, Naomi R. (2019). Genome-wide association study of medication-use and associated disease in the UK Biobank. Nature Communications, 10 (1) 1891, 1891. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09572-5

  • Pulit, Sara L., Stoneman, Charli, Morris, Andrew P., Wood, Andrew R., Glastonbury, Craig A., Tyrrell, Jessica, Yengo, Loïc, Ferreira, Teresa, Marouli, Eirini, Ji, Yingjie, Yang, Jian, Jones, Samuel, Beaumont, Robin, Croteau-Chonka, Damien C., Winkler, Thomas W., Consortium, Giant, Hattersley, Andrew T., Loos, Ruth J F, Hirschhorn, Joel N., Visscher, Peter M., Frayling, Timothy M., Yaghootkar, Hanieh and Lindgren, Cecilia M. (2019). Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies for body fat distribution in 694 649 individuals of European ancestry. Human Molecular Genetics, 28 (1), 166-174. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddy327

  • Yengo, Loic and Visscher, Peter M. (2018). Assortative mating on complex traits revisited: Double first cousins and the X-chromosome. Theoretical Population Biology, 124, 51-60. doi: 10.1016/j.tpb.2018.09.002

  • Yengo, Loic, Robinson, Matthew R., Keller, Matthew C., Kemper, Kathryn E., Yang, Yuanhao, Trzaskowski, Maciej, Gratten, Jacob, Turley, Patrick, Cesarini, David, Benjamin, Daniel J., Wray, Naomi R., Goddard, Michael E., Yang, Jian and Visscher, Peter M. (2018). Imprint of assortative mating on the human genome. Nature Human Behaviour, 2 (12), 948-954. doi: 10.1038/s41562-018-0476-3

  • Yap, Chloe X., Sidorenko, Julia, Marioni, Riccardo E., Yengo, Loic, Wray, Naomi R. and Visscher, Peter M. (2018). Erratum: Author Correction: Misestimation of heritability and prediction accuracy of male-pattern baldness (Nature communications (2018) 9 1 (2537)). Nature communications, 9 (1) 4953, 4953. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-07400-w

  • Ligthart, Symen, Vaez, Ahmad, Võsa, Urmo, Stathopoulou, Maria G., de Vries, Paul S., Prins, Bram P., Van der Most, Peter J., Tanaka, Toshiko, Naderi, Elnaz, Rose, Lynda M., Wu, Ying, Karlsson, Robert, Barbalic, Maja, Lin, Honghuang, Pool, René, Zhu, Gu, Macé, Aurélien, Sidore, Carlo, Trompet, Stella, Mangino, Massimo, Sabater-Lleal, Maria, Kemp, John P., Abbasi, Ali, Kacprowski, Tim, Verweij, Niek, Smith, Albert V., Huang, Tao, Marzi, Carola, Feitosa, Mary F. ... Alizadeh, Behrooz Z. (2018). Genome analyses of >200,000 individuals identify 58 loci for chronic inflammation and highlight pathways that link inflammation and complex disorders. American Journal of Human Genetics, 103 (5), 691-706. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2018.09.009

  • Yengo, Loic, Sidorenko, Julia, Kemper, Kathryn E., Zheng, Zhili, Wood, Andrew R., Weedon, Michael N., Frayling, Timothy M., Hirschhorn, Joel, Yang, Jian and Visscher, Peter M. (2018). Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies for height and body mass index in ∼700000 individuals of European ancestry. Human Molecular Genetics, 27 (20), 3641-3649. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddy271

  • Imatoh, Takuya, Yengo, Loic, Rocheleau, Ghislain, Kamimura, Seiichiro, Maeda, Shiro, Miyazaki, Motonobu and Froguel, Philippe (2018). ALDH2 Polymorphism rs671, but Not ADH1B Polymorphism rs1229984, Increases Risk for Hypo-HDL-Cholesterolemia in a/a Carriers Compared to the G/G Carriers. Lipids, 53 (8), 797-807. doi: 10.1002/lipd.12087

  • Xue, Angli, Wu, Yang, Zhu, Zhihong, Zhang, Futao, Kemper, Kathryn E., Zheng, Zhili, Yengo, Loic, Lloyd-Jones, Luke R., Sidorenko, Julia, Wu, Yeda, eQTLGen Consortium, McRae, Allan F., Visscher, Peter M., Zeng, Jian and Yang, Jian (2018). Genome-wide association analyses identify 143 risk variants and putative regulatory mechanisms for type 2 diabetes. Nature Communications, 9 (1) 2941, 2941. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04951-w

  • Lee, James J., Wedow, Robbee, Okbay, Aysu, Kong, Edward, Maghzian, Omeed, Zacher, Meghan, Nguyen-Viet, Tuan Anh, Bowers, Peter, Sidorenko, Julia, Karlsson Linnér, Richard, Fontana, Mark Alan, Kundu, Tushar, Lee, Chanwook, Li, Hui, Li, Ruoxi, Royer, Rebecca, Timshel, Pascal N., Walters, Raymond K., Willoughby, Emily A., Yengo, Loïc, 23andMe Research Team, COGENT (Cognitive Genomics Consortium), Social Science Genetic Association Consortium, Alver, Maris, Bao, Yanchun, Clark, David W., Day, Felix R., Furlotte, Nicholas A., Joshi, Peter K. ... Cesarini, David (2018). Gene discovery and polygenic prediction from a genome-wide association study of educational attainment in 1.1 million individuals. Nature Genetics, 50 (8), 1112-1121. doi: 10.1038/s41588-018-0147-3

  • Abderrahmani, Amar, Yengo, Loïc, Caiazzo, Robert, Canouil, Mickaël, Cauchi, Stéphane, Raverdy, Violeta, Plaisance, Valérie, Pawlowski, Valérie, Lobbens, Stéphane, Maillet, Julie, Rolland, Laure, Boutry, Raphael, Queniat, Gurvan, Kwapich, Maxime, Tenenbaum, Mathie, Bricambert, Julien, Saussenthaler, Sophie, Anthony, Elodie, Jha, Pooja, Derop, Julien, Sand, Olivier, Rabearivelo, Iandry, Leloire, Audrey, Pigeyre, Marie, Daujat-Chavanieu, Martine, Gerbal-Chaloin, Sabine, Dayeh, Tasnim, Lassailly, Guillaume, Mathurin, Philippe ... Froguel, Philippe (2018). Increased hepatic PDGF-AA signaling mediates liver insulin resistance in obesity-associated type 2 diabetes. Diabetes, 67 (7), 1310-1321. doi: 10.2337/db17-1539

  • Yap, Chloe X., Sirodenko, Julia, Marioni, Riccardo E., Yengo, Loic, Wray, Naomi R. and Visscher, Peter M. (2018). Misestimation of heritability and prediction accuracy of male-pattern baldness. Nature Communications, 9 (1) 2537, 2537. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04807-3

  • Qi, Ting, Wu, Yang, Zeng, Jian, Zhang, Futao, Xue, Angli, Jiang, Longda, Zhu, Zhihong, Kemper, Kathryn, Yengo, Loic, Zheng, Zhili, eQTLGen Consortium, Marioni, Riccardo E., Montgomery, Grant W., Deary, Ian J., Wray, Naomi R., Visscher, Peter M., McRae, Allan F. and Yang, Jian (2018). Identifying gene targets for brain-related traits using transcriptomic and methylomic data from blood. Nature Communications, 9 (1) 2282, 2282. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04558-1

  • Zeng, Jian, de Vlaming, Ronald, Wu, Yang, Robinson, Matthew R., Lloyd-Jones, Luke R., Yengo, Loic, Yap, Chloe X., Xue, Angli, Sidorenko, Julia, McRae, Allan F., Powell, Joseph E., Montgomery, Grant W., Metspalu, Andres, Esko, Tonu, Gibson, Greg, Wray, Naomi R., Visscher, Peter M. and Yang, Jian (2018). Signatures of negative selection in the genetic architecture of human complex traits. Nature Genetics, 50 (5), 746-753. doi: 10.1038/s41588-018-0101-4

  • Mahajan, Anubha, Wessel, Jennifer, Willems, Sara M., Zhao, Wei, Robertson, Neil R., Chu, Audrey Y., Gan, Wei, Kitajima, Hidetoshi, Taliun, Daniel, Rayner, N. William, Guo, Xiuqing, Lu, Yingchang, Li, Man, Jensen, Richard A., Hu, Yao, Huo, Shaofeng, Lohman, Kurt K., Zhang, Weihua, Cook, James P., Prins, Bram Peter, Flannick, Jason, Grarup, Niels, Trubetskoy, Vassily Vladimirovich, Kravic, Jasmina, Kim, Young Jin, Rybin, Denis V., Yaghootkar, Hanieh, Müller-Nurasyid, Martina, Meidtner, Karina ... GIANT Consortium (2018). Refining the accuracy of validated target identification through coding variant fine-mapping in type 2 diabetes article. Nature Genetics, 50 (4), 559-571. doi: 10.1038/s41588-018-0084-1

  • Yengo, Loic, Zhu, Zhihong, Wray, Naomi R., Weir, Bruce S., Yang, Jian, Robinson, Matthew R. and Visscher, Peter M. (2018). Reply to Kardos et al.: estimation of inbreeding depression from SNP data. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115 (11), E2494-E2495. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1718598115

  • Flannick, Jason, Fuchsberger, Christian, Mahajan, Anubha, Teslovich, Tanya M., Agarwala, Vineeta, Gaulton, Kyle J., Caulkins, Lizz, Koesterer, Ryan, Ma, Clement, Moutsianas, Loukas, McCarthy, Davis J., Rivas, Manuel A., Perry, John R B, Sim, Xueling, Blackwell, Thomas W., Robertson, Neil R., Rayner, N William, Cingolani, Pablo, Locke, Adam E., Tajes, Juan Fernandez, Highland, Heather M., Dupuis, Josee, Chines, Peter S., Lindgren, Cecilia M., Hartl, Christopher, Jackson, Anne U., Chen, Han, Huyghe, Jeroen R., van de Bunt, Martijn ... McCarthy, Mark I. (2018). Erratum: Sequence data and association statistics from 12,940 type 2 diabetes cases and controls. Scientific Data, 5 (1) 180002, 180002. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2018.2

  • Mahajan, Anubha, Taliun, Daniel, Thurner, Matthias, Robertson, Neil R., Torres, Jason M., Rayner, N. William, Payne, Anthony J., Steinthorsdottir, Valgerdur, Scott, Robert A., Grarup, Niels, Cook, James P., Schmidt, Ellen M., Wuttke, Matthias, Sarnowski, Chloé, Mägi, Reedik, Nano, Jana, Gieger, Christian, Trompet, Stella, Lecoeur, Cécile, Preuss, Michael H., Prins, Bram Peter, Guo, Xiuqing, Bielak, Lawrence F., Below, Jennifer E., Bowden, Donald W., Chambers, John Campbell, Kim, Young Jin, Ng, Maggie C. Y., Petty, Lauren E. ... McCarthy, Mark I. (2018). Fine-mapping type 2 diabetes loci to single-variant resolution using high-density imputation and islet-specific epigenome maps. Nature Genetics, 50 (11), 1505-1513. doi: 10.1038/s41588-018-0241-6

  • Flannick, Jason, Fuchsberger, Christian, Mahajan, Anubha, Teslovich, Tanya M., Agarwala, Vineeta, Gaulton, Kyle J., Caulkins, Lizz, Koesterer, Ryan, Ma, Clement, Moutsianas, Loukas, McCarthy, Davis J., Rivas, Manuel A., Perry, John R.B., Sim, Xueling, Blackwell, Thomas W., Robertson, Neil R., Rayner, N. William, Cingolani, Pablo, Locke, Adam E., Tajes, Juan Fernandez, Highland, Heather M., Dupuis, Josée, Chines, Peter S., Lindgren, Cecilia M., Hartl, Christopher, Jackson, Anne U., Chen, Han, Huyghe, Jeroen R., Van De Bunt, Martijn ... McCarthy, Mark I. (2017). Sequence data and association statistics from 12,940 type 2 diabetes cases and controls. Scientific Data, 4 (1) 170179, 170179. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2017.179

  • Scott, Robert A., Scott, Laura J., Mägi, Reedik, Marullo, Letizia, Gaulton, Kyle J., Kaakinen, Marika, Pervjakova, Natalia, Pers, Tune H., Johnson, Andrew D., Eicher, John D., Jackson, Anne U., Ferreira, Teresa, Lee, Yeji, Ma, Clement, Steinthorsdottir, Valgerdur, Thorleifsson, Gudmar, Qi, Lu, Van Zuydam, Natalie R., Mahajan, Anubha, Chen, Han, Almgren, Peter, Voight, Ben F., Grallert, Harald, Müller-Nurasyid, Martina, Ried, Janina S., Rayner, Nigel W., Robertson, Neil, Karssen, Lennart C., van Leeuwen, Elisabeth M. ... Prokopenko, Inga (2017). An expanded genome-wide association study of type 2 diabetes in Europeans. Diabetes, 66 (11), 2888-2902. doi: 10.2337/db16-1253

  • Wheeler, Eleanor, Leong, Aaron, Liu, Ching-Ti, Hivert, Marie-France, Strawbridge, Rona J., Podmore, Clara, Li, Man, Yao, Jie, Sim, Xueling, Hong, Jaeyoung, Chu, Audrey Y., Zhang, Weihua, Wang, Xu, Chen, Peng, Maruthur, Nisa M., Porneala, Bianca C., Sharp, Stephen J., Jia, Yucheng, Kabagambe, Edmond K., Chang, Li-Ching, Chen, Wei-Min, Elks, Cathy E., Evans, Daniel S., Fan, Qiao, Giulianini, Franco, Go, Min Jin, Hottenga, Jouke-Jan, Hu, Yao, Jackson, Anne U. ... Meigs, James B. (2017). Impact of common genetic determinants of Hemoglobin A1c on type 2 diabetes risk and diagnosis in ancestrally diverse populations: a transethnic genome-wide meta-analysis. PLoS Medicine, 14 (9) e1002383, e1002383. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002383

  • Yengo, Loic, Zhu, Zhihong, Wray, Naomi R., Weir, Bruce S., Yang, Jian, Robinson, Matthew R. and Visscher, Peter M. (2017). Detection and quantification of inbreeding depression for complex traits from SNP data. PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114 (32), 8602-8607. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1621096114

  • Verbanck, Marie, Canouil, Mickael, Leloire, Audrey, Dhennin, Veronique, Coumoul, Xavier, Yengo, Loïc, Froguel, Philippe and Poulain-Godefroy, Odile (2017). Low-dose exposure to bisphenols A, F and S of human primary adipocyte impacts coding and non-coding RNA profiles. PLoS One, 12 (6) e0179583, e0179583. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0179583

  • Peddinti, Gopal, Cobb, Jeff, Yengo, Loic, Froguel, Philippe, Kravic, Jasmina, Balkau, Beverley, Tuomi, Tiinamaija, Aittokallio, Tero and Groop, Leif (2017). Early metabolic markers identify potential targets for the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Diabetologia, 60 (9), 1740-1750. doi: 10.1007/s00125-017-4325-0

  • Graff, Mariaelisa, Scott, Robert A., Justice, Anne E., Young, Kristin L., Feitosa, Mary F., Barata, Llilda, Winkler, Thomas W., Chu, Audrey Y., Mahajan, Anubha, Hadley, David, Xue, Luting, Workalemahu, Tsegaselassie, Heard-Costa, Nancy L., den Hoed, Marcel, Ahluwalia, Tarunveer S., Qi, Qibin, Ngwa, Julius S., Renström, Frida, Quaye, Lydia, Eicher, John D., Hayes, James E., Cornelis, Marilyn, Kutalik, Zoltan, Lim, Elise, Luan, Jian’an, Huffman, Jennifer E., Zhang, Weihua, Zhao, Wei, Griffin, Paula J. ... Kilpeläinen, Tuomas O. (2017). Genome-wide physical activity interactions in adiposity ― a meta-analysis of 200,452 adults. PLoS Genetics, 13 (4) e1006528, e1006528. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006528

  • Justice, Anne E., Winkler, Thomas W., Feitosa, Mary F., Graff, Misa, Fisher, Virginia A., Young, Kristin, Barata, Llilda, Deng, Xuan, Czajkowski, Jacek, Hadley, David, Ngwa, Julius S., Ahluwalia, Tarunveer S., Chu, Audrey Y., Heard-Costa, Nancy L., Lim, Elise, Perez, Jeremiah, Eicher, John D., Kutalik, Zolta'n, Xue, Luting, Mahajan, Anubha, Renström, Frida, Wu, Joseph, Qi, Qibin, Ahmad, Shafqat, Alfred, Tamuno, Amin, Najaf, Bielak, Lawrence F., Bonnefond, Amelie, Bragg, Jennifer ... Cupples, L. Adrienne (2017). Genome-wide meta-analysis of 241,258 adults accounting for smoking behaviour identifies novel loci for obesity traits. Nature Communications, 8 (1) 14977, 14977. doi: 10.1038/ncomms14977

  • Bonnefond, Amélie, Yengo, Loïc, Dechaume, Aurélie, Canouil, Mickaël, Castelain, Maxime, Roger, Estelle, Allegaert, Frédéric, Caiazzo, Robert, Raverdy, Violeta, Pigeyre, Marie, Arredouani, Abdelilah, Borys, Jean-Michel, Levy-Marchal, Claire, Weill, Jacques, Roussel, Ronan, Balkau, Beverley, Marre, Michel, Pattou, François, Brousseau, Thierry and Froguel, Philippe (2017). Relationship between salivary/pancreatic amylase and body mass index: a systems biology approach. BMC Medicine, 15 (1) 37, 37. doi: 10.1186/s12916-017-0784-x

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  • Okada, Y., Sim, X., Go, M. J., Wu, J. Y., Gu, D., Takeuchi, F., Takahashi, A., Maeda, S., Tsunoda, T., Chen, P., Lim, S. C., Wong, T. Y., Liu, J., Young, T. L., Aung, T., Seielstad, M., Teo, Y. Y., Kim, Y. J., Lee, J. Y., Han, B. g., Kang, D., Chen, C. h., Tsai, F. j., Chang, L. c., Fann, S. j., Mei, H., Rao, D. c., Hixson, J. e., Chen, S. ... Gieger, C. (2012). Meta-analysis identifies multiple loci associated with kidney function-related traits in east Asian populations. Nature Genetics, 44 (8), 904-909. doi: 10.1038/ng.2352

  • Perry, John R. B., Voight, Benjamin F., Yengo, Loic, Amin, Najaf, Dupuis, Josee, Ganser, Martha, Grallert, Harald, Navarro, Pau, Li, Man, Qi, Lu, Steinthorsdottir, Valgerdur, Scott, Robert A., Almgren, Peter, Arking, Dan E., Aulchenko, Yurii, Balkau, Beverley, Benediktsson, Rafn, Bergman, Richard N., Boerwinkle, Eric, Bonnycastle, Lori, Burtt, Noel P., Campbell, Harry, Charpentier, Guillaume, Collins, Francis S., Gieger, Christian, Green, Todd, Hadjadj, Samy, Hattersley, Andrew T., Herder, Christian ... Cauchi, Stephane (2012). Stratifying type 2 diabetes cases by BMI identifies genetic risk variants in LAMA1 and enrichment for risk variants in lean compared to obese cases. Plos Genetics, 8 (5) e1002741, e1002741. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1002741

  • Ichimura, Atsuhiko, Hirasawa, Akira, Poulain-Godefroy, Odile, Bonnefond, Amelie, Hara, Takafumi, Yengo, Loic, Kimura, Ikuo, Leloire, Audrey, Liu, Ning, Iida, Keiko, Choquet, Helene, Besnard, Philippe, Lecoeur, Cecile, Vivequin, Sidonie, Ayukawa, Kumiko, Takeuchi, Masato, Ozawa, Kentaro, Tauber, Maithe, Maffeis, Claudio, Morandi, Anita, Buzzetti, Raffaella, Elliott, Paul, Pouta, Anneli, Jarvelin, Marjo-Riitta, Koerner, Antje, Kiess, Wieland, Pigeyre, Marie, Caiazzo, Roberto, Van Hul, Wim ... Froguel, Philippe (2012). Dysfunction of lipid sensor GPR120 leads to obesity in both mouse and human. Nature, 483 (7389), 350-354. doi: 10.1038/nature10798

  • Creemers, John W. M., Choquet, Helene, Stijnen, Pieter, Vatin, Vincent, Pigeyre, Marie, Beckers, Sigri, Meulemans, Sandra, Than, Manuel E., Yengo, Loic, Tauber, Maithe, Balkan, Beverley, Elliott, Paul, Jarvelin, Marjo-Riitta, Van Hul, Wim, Van Gaal, Luc, Horber, Fritz, Pattou, Francois, Froguel, Philippe and Meyre, David (2012). Heterozygous mutations causing partial prohormone convertase 1 deficiency contribute to human obesity. Diabetes, 61 (2), 383-390. doi: 10.2337/db11-0305

  • Marquez, Marcel, Huyvaert, Marlene, Perry, John R. B., Pearson, Richard D., Falchi, Mario, Morris, Andrew P., Vivequin, Sidonie, Lobbens, Stephane, Yengo, Loic, Gaget, Stefan, Pattou, Francois, Poulain-Godefroy, Odile, Charpentier, Guillaume, Carlsson, Lena M. S., Jacobson, Peter, Sjostrom, Lars, Lantieri, Olivier, Heude, Barbara, Walley, Andrew, Balkau, Beverley, Marre, Michel, Froguel, Philippe and Cauchi, Stephane (2012). Low-frequency variants in HMGA1 are not associated with type 2 diabetes risk. Diabetes, 61 (2), 524-530. doi: 10.2337/db11-0728

  • Bonnefond, Amelie, Clement, Nathalie, Fawcett, Katherine, Yengo, Loic, Vaillant, Emmanuel, Guillaume, Jean-Luc, Dechaume, Aurelie, Payne, Felicity, Roussel, Ronan, Czernichow, Sebastien, Hercberg, Serge, Hadjadj, Samy, Balkau, Beverley, Marre, Michel, Lantieri, Olivier, Langenberg, Claudia, Bouatia-Naji, Nabila, Charpentier, Guillaume, Vaxillaire, Martine, Rocheleau, Ghislain, Wareham, Nicholas J., Sladek, Robert, McCarthy, Mark I., Dina, Christian, Barroso, Ines, Jockers, Ralf and Froguel, Philippe (2012). Rare MTNR1B variants impairing melatonin receptor 1B function contribute to type 2 diabetes. Nature Genetics, 44 (3), 297-301. doi: 10.1038/ng.1053

  • Scott, Robert A., Lagou, Vasiliki, Welch, Ryan P., Wheeler, Eleanor, Montasser, May E., Luan, Jian’an, Mägi, Reedik, Strawbridge, Rona J., Rehnberg, Emil, Gustafsson, Stefan, Kanoni, Stavroula, Rasmussen-Torvik, Laura J., Yengo, Loïc, Lecoeur, Cecile, Shungin, Dmitry, Sanna, Serena, Sidore, Carlo, Johnson, Paul C. D., Jukema, J. Wouter, Johnson, Toby, Mahajan, Anubha, Verweij, Niek, Thorleifsson, Gudmar, Hottenga, Jouke-Jan, Shah, Sonia, Smith, Albert V., Sennblad, Bengt, Gieger, Christian, Salo, Perttu ... Barroso, Inês (2012). Large-scale association analyses identify new loci influencing glycemic traits and provide insight into the underlying biological pathways. Nature Genetics, 44 (9), 991-1005. doi: 10.1038/ng.2385

  • Bonnefond, Amelie, Lomberk, Gwen, Buttar, Navtej, Busiah, Kanetee, Vaillant, Emmanuel, Lobbens, Stephane, Yengo, Loic, Dechaume, Aurelie, Mignot, Brigitte, Simon, Albane, Scharfmann, Raphael, Neve, Bernadette, Tanyolac, Sinan, Hodoglugil, Ugur, Pattou, Francois, Cave, Helene, Iovanna, Juan, Stein, Roland, Polak, Michel, Vaxillaire, Martine, Froguel, Philippe and Urrutia, Raul (2011). Disruption of a novel Krüppel-like transcription factor p300-regulated pathway for insulin biosynthesis revealed by studies of the c.-331 INS mutation found in neonatal diabetes mellitus. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 286 (32), 28414-28424. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M110.215822

Conference Publication

  • Gratten, Jacob, Yang, Yuanhao, Trzaskowski, Maciej, Kemper, Kathryn, Yengo, Loic, Zheng, Zhili, Zhang, Futao, Zhu, Zhihong, Mcrae, Allan, Yang, Jian, Wray, Naomi and Visscher, Peter (2019). Common genetic variation explains a high proportion of the elevated risk of psychiatric disorders in children of younger mothers. 26th World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics (WCPG), Glasgow, Scotland, 11-15 October, 2018. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.euroneuro.2018.08.167

  • Colodro-Conde, Lucía, Couvy-Duchesne, Baptiste, Whitfield, John B., Streit, Fabian, Gordon, Scott, Kemper, Kathryn E., Yengo, Loic, Zheng, Zhili, Trzaskowski, Maciej, de Zeeuw, Eveline L., Nivard, Michel G., Das, Marjolijn, Neale, Rachel E., MacGregor, Stuart, Olsen, Catherine M., Whiteman, David C., Boomsma, Dorret I., Yang, Jian, Rietschel, Marcella, McGrath, John J., Medland, Sarah E. and Martin, Nicholas G. (2018). Association between population density and genetic risk for schizophrenia. Chicago, IL, United States: American Medical Association. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.1581

  • Zeng, Jian, de Vlaming, Ronald, Wu, Yang, Robinson, Matthew R., Lloyd-Jones, Luke R., Yengo, Loic, Yap, Chloe X., Xue, Angli, Sidorenko, Julia, Mcrae, Allan F., Powell, Joseph E., Montgomery, Grant W., Metspalu, Andres, Esko, Tonu, Gibson, Greg, Wray, Naomi R., Visscher, Peter M. and Yang, Jian (2018). Signatures of negative selection in the genetic architecture of human complex traits. 48th Annual Meeting of the Behavior-Genetics-Association (BGA), Boston MA, United States, 20-23 June 2018. New York, NY United States: Springer New York.

  • Yengo, Loïc, Brochot, Céline and Péry, Alexandre (2010). Combined global sensitivity analysis and population PBPK modeling for assessing consistency of TCDD toxicokinetics data in mice. doi: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.05.220

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Possible Research Projects

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.

  • Short Project description. This projects aims at utilising genetic and phenotypic data from ~500,000 participants of the UK Biobank to investigate phenotypic and genetic patterns induced by non-random mating in humans. Two forms of non-random mating will be investigated: assortative mating (resemblance between spouses) and inbreeding (mating between relatives). Findings from this project have implications in the analysis and interpretation of genome-wide association studies. The project will involve advanced modelling and statistical analyses of large volumes of data (genotyped and imputed SNP data, whole-exome sequencing, gene-expression, brain-imaging derived-traits).

    Candidate. Candidates with a background in quantitative/population genetics, statistics, mathematics and other quantitative fields will be considered. Programming skills (R, python, C/C++) and prior experience in analysing genetic data (e.g. GWAS) is desirable. (Note: if required, lectures on fundamental concepts of quantitative and population genetics can be taken as part of the PhD training).

    The Team. The successful candidate will be doing their research within the Program in Complex Traits Genomics (PCTG) Lab co-led by Professors Jian Yang, Naomi Wray and Peter Visscher, who are internationally recognized leaders in the field of complex traits genetics and have been recently listed among the world’s top one per cent most cited researchers of their field. PCTG provides a stimulating and highly interdisciplinary environment for PhD candidates to form and develop their research.

    PhD advisor. Dr Loic Yengo is a senior research officer of the Institute of Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland, Australia; and the Statistical Genetics Team leader within PCTG. He did his PhD in applied mathematics and is an expert in statistical modelling and analysis of genetic data. His research interests intersect quantitative genetics, genetic epidemiology and sociogenomics.

    Expected start. First semester of 2020.

    Contact. If you’re interested, please send your CV and cover letter and two references to Dr Loic Yengo: l.yengo@imb.uq.edu.au

    URLs

    IMB: https://imb.uq.edu.au/

    The team PCTG: http://cnsgenomics.com/

    PhD advisor: https://scholar.google.fr/citations?user=iv8dxlIAAAAJ&hl=en