William G Hill University of Edinburgh

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William G Hill University of Edinburgh

William G Hill University of Edinburgh

William George “Bill” Hill, OBE, FRS, FRSE (born 7 August 1940) is a British geneticist and statistician. He is professor emeritus at Edinburgh University since his retirement in 2002. He was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1979, Royal Society of London in 1985 and appointed OBE in 2004.

Professor William G Hill

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Telephone: +44 (0) 131 650 5705

Email: W.G.Hill@ed.ac.uk

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Year Description
1965 Ph.D., Department of Genetics, University of Edinburgh
1979 Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
1985 Fellow of the Royal Society
1965-1983 Lecturer, Reader in Genetics, University of Edinburgh
1983-2002 Professor of Animal Genetics
2003-Present Emeritus Professor of Animal Genetics

Research groupings

Population Genetics, Animal Breeding


Quantitative Genetics

Research interests

I undertake theoretical studies on population and quantitative genetics and on their application to animal improvement and to understanding of evolution. I no longer maintain any lab or experiments. Much research is in collaboration with the Roslin Institute, SAC, the animal breeding industry and groups elsewhere, including those of Weir in Seattle and Visscher in Brisbane. I am interested in what maintains variation in complex traits within populations, both the genetic and the environmental components, and in particular the role of mutations. Thus we are developing theory aimed at explaining levels of, for example, heritability, and in considering breeding programmes which influence the homogeneity of livestock products. My other research is primarily on inferences about population structure using marker data, particularly on linked loci, including development of theory and analytical methods.

Representative publications

Hill, W.G., Goddard, M.E. and Visscher, P.M. 2008. Data and theory point to mainly additive genetic variance for complex traits. PLoS Genetics (in press).

Hill, W.G. and Hernandez-Sanchez, J. 2007. Prediction of multi-locus identity-by-descent. Genetics 176: 2307-2315.

Mulder, H.A., Bijma, P. and Hill, W.G. 2007. Prediction of breeding values and selection responses with genetic heterogeneity of environmental variance. Genetics 175: 1895-1910.

Rowe, S.J., White, I.M.S., Avendano, S. and Hill, W.G. 2006. Genetic heterogeneity of residual variance in broiler chickens. Genet. Sel. Evol. 38: 617-635.

Weir, B.S., Cardon, L.R., Anderson, A.D., Nielsen, D.M. and Hill, W.G. 2005. Measures of human population structure show heterogeneity among genomic regions. Genome Res. 15: 1468-1476

Zhang, X.-S. and Hill, W.G. 2005. Evolution of the environmental component of the phenotypic variance: stabilizing selection in changing environments and the cost of homogeneity. Evolution 59: 1237-1244.

Zhang, X.-S., Wang. J. and Hill, W.G. 2004 .Influence of dominance, leptokurtosis and pleiotropy of deleterious mutations on quantitative genetic variation at mutation-selection balance. Genetics 166: 597-610.

Weir, B.S. and Hill, W.G. 2002. Estimating F-statistics. Ann. Rev. Genet. 36:721-750.

Thomas, S.C. and Hill, W.G. 2000. Estimating quantitative genetic parameters using sibships reconstructed from marker data. Genetics 155: 1961-1972.

Hill, W.G. 2000. Maintenance of quantitative genetic variation in animal breeding programmes. Livest. Prod. Sci. 63: 99-109.