James J. Bull

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James J. Bull
Children2; Robert Bull (son), Martha Bull (daughter)
Scientific career
FieldsMolecular Biology, experimental evolution, Phylogenetics
InstitutionsUniversity of Texas at Austin

James J. Bull is Johann Friedrich Miescher Regents Professor in Molecular Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is best known for his influential 1983 monograph, Evolution of Sex Determining Mechanisms.

In the early 1990s, he changed the focus of his work to experimental evolution and phylogenetics, and has since had considerable success in both fields. His work in experimental evolution involves observing genetic and phenotypic changes in bacteria and bacteriophages, the viruses that attack bacteria.

In 2003 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[1] In 2016 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.[2]


  • Evolution of sex determining mechanisms. 1983. Menlo Park, California: The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, Inc.


  1. ^ Academy of Arts and Sciences elects three scholars from The University of Texas at Austin to class of 2003, University of Texas News, May 6, 2003. Accessed July 17, 2011
  2. ^ National Academy of Sciences Members and Foreign Associates Elected, News from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, May 3, 2016, archived from the original on May 6, 2016, retrieved 2016-05-14.

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