Gil McVean is Professor of Statistical Genetics at the University of Oxford and Acting Director of Oxford’s Big Data Institute within the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery. After an undergraduate training in Zoology, he worked in Cambridge and Edinburgh on evolutionary genetics before joining Oxford in 2000. His research focuses on understanding the molecular and evolutionary processes that shape genetic variation in populations and the relationship between genetic variation and phenotype. He has made contributions to our understanding of areas including recombination hotspots, historical patterns of natural selection, the male mutation rate, human genetic variation, the role of HLA in complex disease and genealogical processes. He has played a leading role in the HapMap and 1000 Genomes Projects and currently works on organisms from HIV to malaria.