Peter Visscher is Professor and Chair of Quantitative Genetics at the University of Queensland and an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow. He joined The University of Queensland in October 2011, where he has a joint position at the Queensland Brain Institute and the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2010. After obtaining a BSc in Animal Science in 1985 he worked for a few years in the Department of Agriculture in Holland before moving to Edinburgh in 1987 for a Masters and PhD in animal breeding and genetics (supervised by Bill Hill FRS and Robin Thompson FRSE), working on the estimation of genetic parameters in large dairy cattle pedigrees. A postdoc with Mike Goddard FAA (Melbourne) was followed by a return to Edinburgh, where he worked with Chris Haley FRSE (Roslin Institute) on marker-assisted-selection and QTL mapping methodology. In 1995 he moved to a faculty position at the University of Edinburgh. He was at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research from 2005-2011.