David Balding received a BMath from U Newcastle (Australia) and a PhD in Applied Probability from the University of Oxford, UK. He held various academic appointments in statistical genetics at universities in and around London, including as a founding member of the UCL Genetics Institute. During this time he undertook research into canine genetics in collaboration with the UK Kennel Club and Mars Veterinary. In 2014 he returned to Australia where he is Professor of Statistical Genetics at the University of Melbourne, and Director of the newly-established Melbourne Integrative Genomics (MIG). David researches a broad range of mathematical and statistical problems in genetics – forensic. evolutionary, population and medical. He is lead editor of the Handbook of Statistical Genetics of which the 4th edition will appear late in 2018, with co-editors Ida Moltke (Copenhagen) and John Marioni (Cambridge).