ABSTRACT Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified over 150,000 links between common genetic variants and human traits or complex diseases. Over 80% of these associations map to polymorphisms in non-coding DNA. Therefore, the challenge is to identify disease-causing variants, the genes they affect, and the cells in which these effects occur. We have developed a platform using ATAC-seq, DNaseI footprints, NG Capture-C and machine learning to address this challenge. Applying this approach to red blood cell traits identifies a significant proportion of known causative variants and their effector genes, which we show can be validated by direct in vivo modelling.