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Genetics Society of America honors Leonid Kruglyak with 2016 Edward Novtiski Prize

Award recognizes creativity and intellectual ingenuity in genetics research

Genetics Society of America


IMAGE: The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is pleased to announce that Leonid Kruglyak (HHMI/University of California, Los Angeles) has been awarded the 2016 Edward Novitski Prize for his extraordinary level... view more

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BETHESDA, MD - The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is pleased to announce that Leonid Kruglyak (HHMI/University of California, Los Angeles) has been awarded the 2016 Edward Novitski Prize for his extraordinary level of creativity and intellectual ingenuity in the solution of significant problems in genetics research.

"Dr. Leonid Kruglyak has been a pioneer in human genetics for over 15 years.... he continues to pose questions and do experiments that affect our ability to understand the human genome...and he continues to change the way we think about the genome, how to navigate it, and what those changes mean in transcriptional regulation," said Elaine A. Ostrander, NIH Distinguished Investigator and Chief of the Cancer Genetics & Comparative Genomics Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute and one of those nominating Kruglyak for this honor.

Drawing on a combination of mathematical, computational and experimental approaches, Dr. Kruglyak's innovative contributions have moved the fields of linkage genetics, population genetics, and genomics forward. His work on statistical standards for genome-wide linkage studies has transformed experimental design and become the gold standard for such experiments. Kruglyak also developed the linkage analysis program GENEHUNTER, which has been responsible for the identification of hundreds of human disease loci. Further, his group pioneered expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) studies, which enabled variation in global gene expression to be applied to genetics of complex human diseases. In recent years, his laboratory has focused on using genomic technology to establish S. cerevisiae and C. elegans as model organisms for studies of complex genetic variation.

Kruglyak has received the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Innovation Award in Functional Genomics (2000), a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health (2002), the Agilent Thought Leader Award (2010), and the Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics (2015). He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and a long-time member of GSA.

The Novitski Prize is intended to recognize a single experimental accomplishment or a body of work in which an exceptional level of creativity and intellectual ingenuity has been used to design and execute scientific experiments to solve a difficult problem in genetics. It recognizes the beautiful and intellectually ingenious experimental design and execution involved in genetics scientific discovery. The Prize was established by the Novitski family and GSA to honor the memory of Edward Novitski (1918-2006), a Drosophila geneticist and lifelong GSA member, who specialized in chromosome mechanics and elucidating meiosis through the construction of modified chromosomes.


To learn more about the GSA awards, and to view a list of previous recipients, please see

About the Genetics Society of America (GSA)

Founded in 1931, the Genetics Society of America (GSA) is the professional scientific society for genetics researchers and educators. The Society's more than 5,500 members worldwide work to deepen our understanding of the living world by advancing the field of genetics, from the molecular to the population level. GSA promotes research and fosters communication through a number of GSA-sponsored conferences, including regular meetings that focus on particular model organisms. GSA publishes two peer-reviewed, peer-edited scholarly journals: GENETICS, which has published high quality original research across the breadth of the field since 1916, and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, an open-access journal launched in 2011 to disseminate high quality foundational research in genetics and genomics. The Society also has a deep commitment to education and fostering the next generation of scholars in the field. For more information about GSA, please visit

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