Dr Damjan Vukcevic
Dr Damjan Vukcevic is a statistician and data scientist, specialising in statistical genetics.
He completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree at the University of Melbourne in 2004, including an Honours project in bioinformatics with Professor Terry Speed. He was then awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford, where he completed a DPhil in statistical genetics with Professor Peter Donnelly.
Dr Vukcevic has contributed to a number of important genetic studies, including the landmark multi-disease genome-wide association study by the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium, published in Nature in 2007. This received a number of awards, including Research Leader of the Year from Scientific American.
Dr Vukcevic has experience working in both an academic and non-academic environment, with a strong grounding in statistical theory, computation and practical data analysis.
- Research Fellow, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne
- 2013: Winner, Young Writers Competition, Royal Statistical Society (UK) and Significance magazine
- 2013: First prize, Infographic Competition, Young Statisticians Conference 2013, Statistical Society of Australia
- 2005–2008: Commonwealth Scholarship (for PhD study in the UK)
- 2004: Professor Wilson & Nanson Prizes, University of Melbourne
- 2002: Maurice H. Belz Prize in Statistics, University of Melbourne
Statistical & population genetics, immunogenetics, genetic epidemiology, genome-wide association studies (GWAS), statistical methods for large datasets, Bayesian data analysis, data visualisation, statistical computing.
- Statistical imputation of KIR gene variation
- Comparison of HLA imputation methods
- Methods for analysing high-density lung function data from infants and young children
- Estimation of the lung clearance index from incomplete data
Mahar RK, Vukcevic D, et al. (2016). Lack of Transparency in Software Used to Analyze Multiple Breath Washout Data. Pediatric Pulmonology (early view). doi:10.1002/ppul.23420.
Vukcevic D, et al. (2015). Imputation of KIR Types from SNP Variation Data. American Journal of Human Genetics 97(4):593–607. doi:10.1016/j.ajhg.2015.09.005
Vukcevic D, et al. (2015). The influence of sighing respirations on infant lung function measured using multiple breath washout gas mixing techniques. Physiological Reports 3(4):e12347. doi:10.14814/phy2.12347
Giambartolomei C, Vukcevic D, et al. (2014). Bayesian Test for Colocalisation between Pairs of Genetic Association Studies Using Summary Statistics. PLOS Genetics 10(5):e1004383. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1004383
Vukcevic D (2013). Young Writers Competition: GUESTimation: Breaking the deadlock on wedding guest lists. Significance 10(4):45–48. doi:10.1111/j.1740-9713.2013.00687.x
Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium, et al. (2012). Bayesian refinement of association signals for 14 loci in 3 common diseases. Nature Genetics 44(12):1294–1301. doi:10.1038/ng.2435
Vukcevic D, Hechter E, Spencer C, Donnelly P (2011). Disease model distortion in association studies. Genetic Epidemiology 35(4):278–290. doi:10.1002/gepi.20576
Spencer C, Hechter E, Vukcevic D, Donnelly P (2011). Quantifying the underestimation of relative risks from genome-wide association studies. PLOS Genetics 7(3):e1001337. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1001337
Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium (2010). Genome-wide association study of CNVs in 16,000 cases of eight common diseases and 3,000 shared controls. Nature 464(7289):713–720. doi:10.1038/nature08979
Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium (2007). Genome-wide association study of 14,000 cases of seven common diseases and 3,000 shared controls. Nature 447(7145):661–678. doi:10.1038/nature05911
Khor CC, Vannberg FO, Chapman SJ, Guo H, Wong SH, Walley AJ, Vukcevic D, et al. (2010). CISH and Susceptibility to Infectious Diseases. New England Journal of Medicine 362(22):2092–2101. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa0905606