The following are just some of the software the Centre has produced and published. For updates on software, you can follow our organisation at GitHub.


GCTA (Genome-wide Complex Trait Analysis) is designed to estimate the proportion of phenotypic variance explained by genome- or chromosome-wide SNPs for complex traits. GCTA was developed by Jian Yang, Hong Lee, Mike Goddard and Peter Visscher and is maintained in Peter Visscher’s lab at the University of Queensland.

You can find out more about GCTA and download executables and source code here.


BayesR is a Bayesian mixture model implementation that simultaneously allows variant discovery, estimation of genetic variance explained by all variants and prediction of unobserved phenotypes in new samples.


epiGPU is for parallelising exhaustive 2D searches for epistasis across graphics cards using OpenCL. It was written by Gibran Hemani at the University of Edinburgh.


GEAR is a GEnetic Analysis Repository that provides implementation for cross-cohort analyses of GWAS summary statistic from complex traits. GEAR is developed by Guo-Bo Chen and Zhi-Xiang Zhu.

TwinPower Calculator

The TwinPower Calculator provides automated power analysis for the detection of additive genetic and common environmental variance components of a quantitative trait in the classical twin design. It was written by Peter Visscher.


EasyGATK is a Python-based Genome Analysis ToolKit (GATK) wrapper to help researchers set-up and perform whole-exome sequencing analyses. It was written by Restuadi under the supervision of Qiong-Yi Zhao.

BSGS eQTL Browser

The BSGS eQTL Browser is a web interface for viewing gene expression summary data from the Brisbane Systems Genetics Study. This provides results for all SNP/expression probes tested in the eQTL study without filtering of significance level. A number of plotting functions are provided to visualize the association results. The system was developed by Peter Smartt.


SMR is a software tool to test for association between gene expression and a complex trait using summary-level data from GWAS and expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) studies. It provides a useful tool to prioritize genes underlying GWAS hits for follow-up functional studies. The software is developed by Futao Zhang, Zhihong Zhu and Jian Yang at Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland.

Shiny Apps

Light-weight tools for performing calculations and generating simple plots on the fly, all within your browser.


ABC provides A Better Coefficient of Determination for Genetic Profile Analysis. It was written by Konstantin Shakhbazov.


CAGE is a data base of eQTL and heritability results from a large gene expression data set on 2,765 individuals. Please see DOI: for further details. The app was written by Alex Holloway and Luke Lloyd-Jones.

GCTA-GREML Power Calculator

This calculator is designed to calculate the statistical power of estimating genetic variance or genetic correlation using genome-wide SNPs (GREML analysis as implemented in GCTA). It was written by Gibran Hemani and Jian Yang.


genRoc is used for the genetic interpretation of the area under ROC curve in genomic profiling. The app was re-written by Konstantin Shakhbazov.


GPRS is a tool for performing Genomic Profile Risk Score analyses. Upload your PLINK-generated risk score files and learn how much variance the score explains, and much more. The app was written by Jun Sunny Yin and Robert Maier.


INDI-V is used to calculate the contribution to genetic risk of individual disease risk loci from their allele frequencies and estimated odds ratios using various methods. It was based Witte, Visscher and Wray’s 2014 Nature Reviews Genetics paper The contribution of genetic variants to disease depends on the ruler. The app was written by Cara Nolan and Beben Benyamin.

Mendelian Randomisation Power Calculator

mRnd provides power and sample size calculations for two-stage least squares Mendelian Randomization studies. It was written by Konstantin Shakhbazov using formulae developed by Peter Visscher.