Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Andersson, Leif
Location Uppsala University
Primary Field Animal, Nutritional and Applied Microbial Sciences
Secondary Field Genetics
 Election Citation
Andersson's pioneering work using domestic animals as genetic models led to discoveries of the molecular basis for phenotypic diversity and disease. His research has revealed mutations underlying monogenic and multifactorial traits. He has made major contributions to understanding the evolutionary origin of domestic animals and genetics of domestication and behavior.
 Research Interests
The current research program involves population genomics of Atlantic herring and other fish species, Darwin's finches, wagtails and ruff. This work involves whole genome sequencing with the aim to explore genome evolution, population biology and molecular mechanisms underlying adaptation. Major research activities also include functional studies of the medical significance of the ZBED6-IGF2 axis and of ZC3H11A, and the genetics of pigmentation polymorphisms in chicken and other domestic animals.

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