Professor Ed Louis


Ed obtained a BSc in Biology and Mathematics from Clarkson University in upstate New York. This set him up well for his PhD in the ‘Population Genetics of Complex Human Traits’ from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986. 
A postdoctoral fellowship at Brandeis University started his work with yeast as a model organism. In 1991, as part of the reverse brain drain, Ed moved to the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford as a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Basic Biomedical Sciences, where he continued using yeast to study telomeres, genome stability and evolution as well as develop tools for analysing telomeres from various parasites. He was part of the project that completed the first eukaryotic genome, a prelude to the human genome project. This was followed by a brief stint as an Oxford Don in Biochemistry where he was “rescued from an expanding waistline, due to dinners at college,” by appointment as Professor of Genetics at the University of Leicester in 2000. In 2005 he was temporarily wooed away to the University of Nottingham as Professor of Genome Dynamics. There he initiated the population genomics analysis of yeast with Richard Durbin of the Sanger Institute, which was a prelude to the 1000 human genome project’s informatics development. Eight years to the day, he returned to Leicester as Director of the Centre for the Genetic Architecture of Complex Traits (GACT). Ed is on the editorial board of several journals, serves on research committees for the BBSRC, the Royal Society, and the Portuguese Research Council (FCT). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Edd is currently chair of the board of Trustees managing the meetings and decision-making process for Frozen Ark activities.

Prof Ed Louis
Centre for Genetic Architecture of Complex Traits
Department of Genetics
University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
Email: ejl21@le.ac.uk
+44 (0)116 2297813