Harris A Lewin
CAS Professor of Animal Sciences
Professor Lewin currently studies how genomes evolve and the role of chromosome rearrangements in adaptation and speciation. His research has resulted in the identification of the gene responsible for resistance and susceptibility to bovine leukemia virus infection, the development of high-density comparative maps for mammalian genomes, and codiscovery of a gene affecting the composition of milk fat. His research group also produced the first large-scale cattle cDNA and oligo microarrays; and applied the technology to understand the genomic effects of nuclear transfer cloning and elucidate the dietary effects on gene expression in the periparturient period. He served as founding director of the W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics, and is currently director of the University’s Institute for Genomic Biology.
Previous appointments include serving as the Alltech Distinguished Lecturer in Nutrigenomics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, and as the Wellcome Visiting Professorship in Basic Biomedical Sciences, Washington State University. In 2000 he presented the C.R. Henderson Lecture in Animal Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University. He is currently associate editor of Animal Biotechnology and sits on the editorial board of Physiological Genomics. Recognition from the University of Illinois includes the Young Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, University Scholar, H.H. Mitchell Award for Graduate Teaching and Research, Paul A. Funk Recognition Award, and ACES Team Award for Excellence in Research. Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; foreign member, Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. Gutgsell Endowed Chair in the Department of Animal Sciences.