Jo Knight arrived at Lancaster in January 2016 and is a Reader in the Medical School as well as the Research Director. She is also the theme lead for the Data Science Institute. Her expertise lies within statistical genetics - analysing genetic data to identify variants that increase risk of complex traits. Jo publishes both applied and methodological work in journals including Nature and Nature Genetics. The diseases that she has most experience in include psychiatric, autoimmune traits and cardio vascular disease. Data integration has been the focus of her recent methodological work including approaches to incorporate data from genome wide association studies with additional functional information about the genome or individual genes.
Jo is involved in a number of collaborations, for example she helps control data access to the Schizophrenia dataset collated by the Psychiatric Genomic Consortium. She worked at the University of Toronto from 2012-2015 and previous to that she worked at Kings College London after getting her PhD at Queen Mary University London.