Many congratulations to Peter Keightley, FRS, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, on his recent election to Fellowship of the Royal Society

Many congratulations to Peter Keightley on his election to the Fellowship of the Royal Society.  He is one of the 50 new Fellows and 10 Foreign Members that were announced on 1 May 2014.

President of the Royal Society, Sir Paul Nurse, said

Science helps us to better understand ourselves and the natural world on which we depend. Building scientific knowledge helps us face some of the planet’s biggest challenges such as food shortages, climate change and tackling disease.  These scientists who have been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society have already contributed much to the scientific endeavour, whether that is in academia, industry or government.

Peter is a leading evolutionary geneticist and Professor of Evolutionary Genetics in the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, at the University of Edinburgh.

He has made seminal contributions to the genetics and evolution of quantitative traits, and to molecular evolution and variation. His work combines theoretical modelling, genetic experimentation and bioinformatic studies of DNA sequences, in an unusually productive and innovative way.

His work has shed light on several fundamental questions in genetics and evolution. He is especially well known for his work on the effects on fitness and rate of occurrence of spontaneous mutations. This has led to a much improved estimate of the deleterious mutation rate for the genome as a whole. (Courtesy: The Royal Society).

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