Leonid Kruglyak is Chair of Human Genetics and Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and Biological Chemistry in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he also holds the Diller-von Furstenberg Endowed Chair in Human Genetics and serves as Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Dr. Kruglyak received his AB degree in physics from Princeton University, and as a Hertz Fellow, his MS and PhD degrees, also in physics, from UC Berkeley. After postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at Oxford University, he joined the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research as a research scientist. Subsequently, he held a faculty position in the Human Biology Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, where he was also Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and affiliate Professor of Genome Sciences at Univ. of Washington. More recently, Dr. Kruglyak was at Princeton University as Professor in the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, where he held the inaugural William R. Harman ’63 and Mary-Love Harman Endowed Chair in Genomics. He also founded and chaired the Graduate Program in Quantitative and Computational Biology at Princeton.

Dr. Kruglyak is a recipient of many awards, including a James S. McDonnell Centennial Fellowship in Human Genetics, the Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics, and the Edward Novitski Prize from the Genetics Society of America. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a founding Advisory Board member of bioRxiv, the preprint server for biology.

Research Interests

Dr. Kruglyak’s research interests focus on understanding the genetic basis of complex phenotypes.

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Section 26: Genetics

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Section 41: Medical Genetics, Hematology, and Oncology