David Balding

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David Balding is Professor of Statistical Genetics at the University of Melbourne, and Director of Melbourne Integrative Genomics (MIG[1]), having previously been the founding senior appointment at the UCL Genetics Institute in London.[2] He was educated at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and the University of Oxford, UK, and is editor of the Handbook of Statistical Genetics.[3]

Balding is best known for the Balding-Nichols forensic DNA match probability formula, widely used around the world to evaluate weight of evidence for DNA profile evidence allowing for shared ancestry between the alleged and alternative contributors.[4][5][6] His is also known for the Balding-Nichols model of allele frequencies in structured populations and as one of the founders of the Approximate Bayesian Computation method of statistical inference.

As Director of MIG, he leads a team developing statistical and computational methods for the analysis of genomics data - with applications in medicine, biology, agriculture and forensics.

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  1. ^ "MIG Home". Melbourne Integrative Genomics (@MelbIntGen). 2017-12-19. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  2. ^ "United Kingdom". www.ucl.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  3. ^ "Handbook of Statistical Genetics, 3rd Edition". Wiley.com. 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  4. ^ Balding, David J.; Steele, Christopher D. (2015-06-24). "Weight-of-Evidence for Forensic DNA Profiles". doi:10.1002/9781118814512.
  5. ^ ""The Evaluation of Forensic DNA Evidence", National Academies Press".
  6. ^ "REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of feature-Comparison Methods Executive Office of the President President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology" (PDF).