Congratulations to Jones & Bartlett Learning Author and Higgins Professor of Biology at Harvard University, Dr. Daniel L. Hartl for the esteemed honor of being awarded the Genetics Society of America (GSA) 2019 Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal!
"The Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal is awarded to an individual GSA member for lifetime achievement in the field of genetics. It recognizes the full body of work of an exceptional geneticist. Recipients of the Medal will have made substantial contributions to genetics throughout a full career.
The Medal was established by GSA in 1981 and named in honor of Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866-1945), a 1933 Nobel Prize winner who received this award for his work with Drosophila and his “discoveries concerning the role played by the chromosome in heredity.” Morgan recognized that Drosophila, which could be bred quickly and inexpensively, had large quantities of offspring and a short life cycle, would make an excellent organism for genetic studies. His studies of the white mutation and discovery of sex-linked inheritance provided the first experimental evidence that chromosomes are the carriers of genetic information. Subsequent studies in his laboratory led to the discovery of recombination and the first genetic maps."
Dr. Hartl was awarded the Morgan Medal for his significant contributions to experimental and theoretical genetics research. Following the like of Thomas Hunt Morgan, "Dan has conducted many of his studies on the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster."
Scientists and fellow educators who nominated Dr. Hartl emphasized the importance of his genetics research:
“By every objective measure, Dan has shaped the fields of population genetics and evolution,” says Rebekah Rogers, a professor of bioinformatics and genomics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and one of the scientists who nominated Hartl for the Morgan Medal. “His influence in the field is wide-reaching, and his record of training other researchers is unparalleled.”
“Dan has employed equations, microbes, fruit flies, and the malaria parasite to discover how genes are organized into genomes, vary within populations, and change over evolutionary time,” says Colin Meiklejohn, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Nebraska and one of the scientists who nominated Hartl for the Morgan Medal. “By combining theory and experiments, he has made seminal contributions to transmission, population, evolutionary, and medical genetics.”
Dan Hartl's latest Genetics textbooks:
Dan Hartl once again takes students on the exciting journey of learning about modern genetics in an updated seventh edition of Essential Genetics and Genomics. He expertly covers the fundamentals of genetics from the perspective of genomics, including gene transmission, mutation, expression, and regulation. The seamless integration of “molecular genetics” and “classical genetics” coupled with the copious practice and problem-solving opportunities make Essential Genetics and Genomics, Seventh Edition a unique resource for learning and applying genetics to our world.
Genetics: Analysis of Genes and Genomes Ninth Edition is a resource uniquely suited for learning and applying genetics to our world. Its DNA first presentation frames the discussion of genetics in modern terms, which provides the user the context to then understand its Mendelian history. Genetics continues to treat transmission genetics, molecular genetics, and evolutionary genetics as fully integrated subjects and provides students with an unprecedented understanding of the basic process of gene transmission, mutation, expression, and regulation.