Assoc Prof Stephen Leslie is a statistician working in the field of mathematical genetics. He obtained his doctorate from the Department of Statistics, University of Oxford in 2008, under the supervision of Professor Peter Donnelly FRS. After graduating, Dr Leslie took up a position as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Statistics at Oxford.
He was then awarded one of the prestigious Nuffield Department of Medicine Scientific Leadership Fellowships to work on HIV and other pathogens. In 2010, Dr Leslie was recruited by Sir Walter Bodmer FRS and Peter Donnelly to lead the statistical analyses for the People of the British Isles Project, a major UK research project investigating fine-scale genetic differences across the British Isles, including the consequences and causes of any observed differences.
In February 2012, Dr Leslie returned to Australia to establish his own research group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute as the Group Leader in Statistical Genetics. He also holds a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship. In 2016 Dr Leslie’s lab relocated to the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Systems Genomics.