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Dr Beben Benyamin is Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics and co-leader of genetics and genomics theme at the Australian Centre for Precision Health, University of South Australia. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and an Honorary Senior Fellow at Institute for Molecular Bioscience, the University of Queensland. He uses statistics applied to large-scale ‘omics’ data to dissect the genetic mechanisms underlying human complex traits and diseases.

He graduated from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) Indonesia (BSc, 2000), University of Sydney, Australia (M.Agr, 2002) and University of Edinburgh, UK (PhD, 2007). He did his postdoctoral training at the Genetic Epidemiology Group, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (2007-2011). Prior joining University of South Australia, he worked as Research Fellow at the Program in Complex Trait Genomics, the University of Queensland (2012-2017). He was an NHMRC Peter Doherty Training Fellow (2009-2012) and an NHMRC R.D. Wright Career Development Fellow (2015-2018). Some of his research has been published in Nature, Nature Genetics and Nature Communications.

His current interests are on the application of statistical genomic methods to neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases, such as motor neuron disease and scizophrenia. He is also interested in trans-ethnic genomic analyses to dissect the transferability of genomic findings in European samples on other populations, such as Asians.

He also teaches biostatistics, epidemiology, public health, and research methods.

Dr Benyamin has supervised and mentored research students and is currently available to supervise new research students to study in the exciting areas of applied statistical genomics, genetic epidemiology, big health data and genomics of complex diseases.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Edinburgh

External positions

Senior Lecturer, University of South Australia

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Research Output

Significant out-of-sample classification from methylation profile scoring for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Nabais, M. F., Lin, T., Benyamin, B., Williams, K. L., Garton, F. C., Vinkhuyzen, A. A. E., Zhang, F., Vallerga, C. L., Restuadi, R., Freydenzon, A., Zwamborn, R. A. J., Hop, P. J., Robinson, M. R., Gratten, J., Visscher, P. M., Hannon, E., Mill, J., Brown, M. A., Laing, N. G., Mather, K. A. & 17 others, Sachdev, P. S., Ngo, S. T., Steyn, F. J., Wallace, L., Henders, A. K., Needham, M., Veldink, J. H., Mathers, S., Nicholson, G., Rowe, D. B., Henderson, R. D., McCombe, P. A., Pamphlett, R., Yang, J., Blair, I. P., McRae, A. F. & Wray, N. R., 1 Dec 2020, In : npj Genomic Medicine. 5, 1, 10.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

Association of CamK2A genetic variants with transition time from occasional to regular heroin use in a sample of heroin-dependent individuals

Eirich, A., Biermann, T., Müller, C. P., Kornhuber, J., Benyamin, B., Hulse, G. K., Wildenauer, D. B. & Schwab, S. G., 1 Feb 2019, In : Psychiatric Genetics. 29, 1, p. 18-25 8 p.

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2 Citations (Scopus)

Associations of genetically determined iron status across the phenome: A mendelian randomization study

Gill, D., Benyamin, B., Moore, L. S. P., Monori, G., Zhou, A., Koskeridis, F., Evangelou, E., Laffan, M., Walker, A. P., Tsilidis, K. K., Dehghan, A., Elliott, P., Hyppönen, E. & Tzoulaki, I., Jun 2019, In : PLoS medicine. 16, 6, e1002833.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Citations (Scopus)

Comparative genetic architectures of schizophrenia in East Asian and European populations

Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, Indonesia Schizophrenia Consortium & Genetic REsearch on schizophreniA neTwork-China and the Netherlands (GREAT-CN), 1 Dec 2019, In : Nature Genetics. 51, 12, p. 1670-1678 9 p.

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29 Citations (Scopus)

Monozygotic twins and triplets discordant for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis display differential methylation and gene expression

Tarr, I. S., McCann, E. P., Benyamin, B., Peters, T. J., Twine, N. A., Zhang, K. Y., Zhao, Q., Zhang, Z. H., Rowe, D. B., Nicholson, G. A., Bauer, D., Clark, S. J., Blair, I. P. & Williams, K. L., 1 Dec 2019, In : Scientific reports. 9, 1, 8254.

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6 Citations (Scopus)