MacArthur Fellows Program

Martin E. Kreitman

Population Geneticist | Class of 1991

Population Geneticist
Princeton, New Jersey
38 at time of award

Martin Kreitman is an experimental population geneticist who has applied new techniques of molecular biology to studies of evolution.

Kreitman was the first to complete a population-level study of DNA sequence variation. Through his investigation of the molecular variation within the alcohol dehydrogenase gene of the common fruit fly, he established the degree of variation for a single gene within natural populations. He has also been able to show that natural selection is likely to be an important force in long-term protein evolution. His work is relevant to broad theoretical issues in evolution, and his conceptualization of the problems of evolutionary genetics has generated new ideas for experimentation.

Kreitman is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago where he also serves on the Committee of Evolutionary Biology and the Committee of Genetics.  His numerous articles have appeared in such publications as Genetics, Evolution, and Nature.

Kreitman received a B.S. (1975) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, an M.S. (1977) from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. (1983) from Harvard University.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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