Peter Visscher

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Peter Visscher

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Peter Visscher at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2018
Peter Martin Visscher

Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh (PhD)
Known forQuantitative genetics
Scientific career
InstitutionsQueensland Institute of Medical Research
University of Queensland
ThesisEstimation of genetic parameters in dairy cattle using an animal model and implications for genetic improvement (1991)
Doctoral advisorBill Hill[2]

Peter Martin Visscher FRS FAA[3] is a Dutch-born Australian geneticist who is professor and chair of Quantitative Genetics at the University of Queensland. He is also a professorial research fellow at the University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience and an affiliate professor at their Queensland Brain Institute.


Visscher was educated at the University of Edinburgh, where he was awarded a PhD in 1991 for research supervised by Bill Hill.[2]

Career and research[edit]

Visscher is known for his research aimed at investigating the genetic bases of complex human traits.[4][5][1] His research also focuses on studies in trait variation in populations. Visscher applied statistical analysis methods to quantify and dissect the contribution of DNA polymorphisms to variation.[6]

Honors and awards[edit]

Visscher is a senior principal research fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2010.[4] He was elected a fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society in 2018.[7] Also in 2018, he received a Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council.[8]


  1. ^ a b Peter Visscher publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Visscher, Peter Martin (1991). Estimation of genetic parameters in dairy cattle using an animal model and implications for genetic improvement. (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/11505. OCLC 606115316. EThOS Free to read
  3. ^ "Peter Visscher - Royal Society".
  4. ^ a b "Professor Peter Visscher". UQ Researchers. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Professor Peter Visscher - UQ Researchers".
  6. ^ "Peter Visscher - Royal Society".
  7. ^ "UQ geneticist elected Fellow of The Royal Society". UQ News. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Fellows receive prestigious ARC Laureate Fellowships". Australian Academy of Science (Press release). 3 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.

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