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Dan Hartl receives 2019 Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal

Daniel Hartl (PhD 1968) of Harvard University has received the 2019 Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal from the Genetics Society of America. This prestigious award honors Hartl’s many contributions to experimental and theoretical genetics research. His extraordinarily broad research program combines mathematical models with cutting-edge experimental techniques to tackle important questions in evolutionary biology and genomics.

The Morgan Medal recognizes lifetime achievement in genetics research. Like Thomas Hunt Morgan, Hartl has conducted many of his studies on the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. He credits much of his success to his PhD advisor, renowned UW-Madison genetics professor James Crow, and to the 37 graduate students and 38 postdoctoral fellows he has mentored since 1969.

Hartl is the Higgins Professor of Biology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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