In recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievement in original research, Hertz Fellow Leonid Kruglyak has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). He joins 2,565 members and 18 Hertz Fellows who have received this prestigious honor.
Membership to the NAS is a well-recognized mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors a scientist can receive. Consideration of a candidate begins with their nomination, followed by an extensive and careful vetting process that results in a final ballot at the Academy's annual meeting in April each year.
Kruglyak is professor of human genetics and biological chemistry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He studies the genetic basis of heritable traits to understand how changes at the level of DNA are shaped by molecular and evolutionary forces, and how such changes lead to the observable differences among individuals within a species.
A Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he also serves on the board of reviewing editors at Science magazine, the editorial board of PLoS Genetics, the advisory board of bioRxiv and the scientific advisory council for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories.
Kruglyak received his A.B. degree in physics from Princeton University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, also in physics, from the University of California, Berkeley, during his Hertz Fellowship.