Texas A&M Professor Andersson Elected Into Prestigious American Philosophical Society
Posted June 30, 2017
Dr. Leif Andersson
Leif Andersson, professor of animal genomics in the Texas A&M
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and
professor in functional genomics at Uppsala University in Sweden,
is one of 32 to be elected a member of the American Philosophical
Society this year.
Andersson will be officially welcomed as an international member
in biological sciences during an inauguration ceremony in November.
The 2017 cohort also includes former President Barack Obama and
Kenyan paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey, as well as professionals
and professors from around the world.
"Dr. Andersson is an outlier. He is an outstanding faculty
member with a superb record of discovery, scholarly writings, and
impact,” said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King Dean of
Veterinary Medicine. "Faculty members such as Dr. Andersson
continue to raise the bar of excellence in scientific discovery.
Not only is his work highly relevant, it is well-aligned with One
Health, one of the grand challenges for Texas A&M. We
congratulate him on earning this highly prestigious award and
joining the ranks of the prevous iconic award recipients. "
The society has 1,019 living members and has elected only 5,605
since being founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743. Members represent
all fields of science, humanities, and the arts and have also
included George Washington, Louis Pasteur, Thomas Edison, Albert
Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
“It is an immense honor to become one of the members of the
oldest learned society in the USA, which has contributed so much to
promote knowledge and science for more than 250 years,” Andersson
said. “I was particularly amused to learn that one of my scientific
heroes, Charles Darwin, was also an international member of this
Andersson is among the world’s most renowned scholars in the
genomic and molecular study of domestic animals.
As group leader and professor at Uppsala University in Sweden,
Andersson has carved a scientific niche by approaching farm animals
as model organisms, including analyzing interbreeding among
divergent populations such as between wild boars and domestic pigs
to identify the genes and mutations that affect specific traits. He
also investigates how the mutations may alter the function and
regulation of the genes.
Andersson and his research team compare genomes from many
species of domestic animals to discover the molecular mechanisms
and underlying traits that are important to human and veterinary
medicine. Their discoveries provide insights in genetics, animal
breeding, evolution, and biomedical research.
A professor in functional genomics in the Uppsala University
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Andersson also
serves as a guest professor in molecular animal genetics at the
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. He earned
his doctorate from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
In January 2014, the Wolf Foundation
selected Andersson for the Wolf
Prize in Agriculture—considered equivalent to the Nobel
Prize—to honor his use of cutting-edge genomic technologies in
He also is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and
the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and has been recognized with
myriad awards, including the Thureus Prize in Natural History and
Medicine from the Royal Society of Sciences and the Linneus Prize
in Zoology from the Royal Physiographic Society of Lund.
He has published more than 380 scientific articles, received six
patents and filed applications for two more patents.
An eminent scholarly organization of international reputation,
the American Philosophical Society promotes useful knowledge in the
sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research,
professional meetings, publications, library resources, and
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