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Dr Wei Gan

Dr Wei Gan

Wei Gan


Statistical Geneticist

Wei Gan is a statistical geneticist at the MRC Population Health Research Unit in the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford. 

His research uses large-scale genetic data such as in UK Biobank and the China Kadoorie Biobank to i) identify genetic variants associated with complex diseases (e.g. obesity, type 2 diabetes, and various cardiovascular diseases) and disease-related traits (e.g. blood pressure, cholesterol); ii) investigate the causal relationships between risk factors and disease, using Mendelian randomisation.  

He received his PhD at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute for Nutritional Science, Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences. Before joining NPDH, he worked with Professor Mark McCarthy at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford as a postdoc researcher between 2014 and 2018.