Jonathan K. Pritchard

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Jonathan Pritchard
Native name Jonathan Karl Pritchard
Alma mater
Thesis Methods for inferring human evolutionary history using genetic markers (1998)
Doctoral advisor Marcus Feldman[2]
Doctoral students
  • Donald Conrad
  • Su-Yeon Kim[2]
Notable awards Edward Novitski Prize (2013)

Jonathan Karl Pritchard is an English-born professor of genetics at Stanford University.[3] His research interests lie in the study of human evolution, in particular in understanding the association between genetic variation among human individuals and human traits.[1][4][5][6][7][8][9]


Pritchard's family moved to the USA when he was a teenager. He studied biology and mathematics at Pennsylvania State University, and then went on to graduate studies in biology at Stanford University under the supervision of Marc Feldman, finishing in 1998.[10]


Following postdoctoral research with Peter Donnelly at the University of Oxford he moved to the University of Chicago in 2001. He was promoted from Assistant Professor to Full Professor in 2006. He stayed there until moving to Stanford in 2013.[3] He was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator position in 2008.[10]

Awards and honours[edit]

Pritchard was named recipient of the 2013 Edward Novitski Prize from the Genetics Society of America.

Personal life[edit]

Pritchard ran track and cross country for Pennsylvania State University from 1989 to 1994. In part because of his running experience, he appeared in the 1998 movie Without Limits portraying David Bedford, an English distance runner who participated in the 1972 Munich Olympics. As a result of his appearance in Without Limits and his publication of ″Population Growth of Human Y Chromosomes: A study of Y Chromosome Microsatellites″ with Marcus Feldman,[11] he has an Erdős–Bacon number of 6.


  1. ^ a b Jonathan K. Pritchard's publications indexed by Google Scholar, a service provided by Google
  2. ^ a b Jonathan K. Pritchard at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ a b Pritchard Lab website:
  4. ^ Birney, E; Pritchard, J. K. (2014). "Archaic humans: Four makes a party". Nature 505 (7481): 32–4. doi:10.1038/nature12847. PMID 24352230. 
  5. ^ Pritchard, J. K.; Stephens, M; Donnelly, P (2000). "Inference of population structure using multilocus genotype data". Genetics 155 (2): 945–59. PMC 1461096. PMID 10835412. 
  6. ^ Jonathan K. Pritchard's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier.
  7. ^ Rosenberg, N. A.; Pritchard, J. K.; Weber, J. L.; Cann, H. M.; Kidd, K. K.; Zhivotovsky, L. A.; Feldman, M. W. (2002). "Genetic Structure of Human Populations" (PDF). Science 298 (5602): 2381–2385. Bibcode:2002Sci...298.2381R. doi:10.1126/science.1078311. PMID 12493913. 
  8. ^ Falush, D.; Stephens, M.; Pritchard, J. K. (2007). "Inference of population structure using multilocus genotype data: Dominant markers and null alleles". Molecular Ecology Notes 7 (4): 574. doi:10.1111/j.1471-8286.2007.01758.x. 
  9. ^ Pritchard, J. K.; Stephens, M; Rosenberg, N. A.; Donnelly, P (2000). "Association mapping in structured populations". The American Journal of Human Genetics 67 (1): 170–81. doi:10.1086/302959. PMC 1287075. PMID 10827107. 
  10. ^ a b Jonathan K. Pritchard, Ph.D., Bios of the 2008 New HHMI Investigators, HHMI, retrieved 2011-07-24.
  11. ^ Pritchard, J. K.; Seielstad, M. T.; Perez-Lezaun, A; Feldman, M. W. (1999). "Population growth of human Y chromosomes: A study of Y chromosome microsatellites". Molecular Biology and Evolution 16 (12): 1791–8. doi:10.1093/oxfordjournals.molbev.a026091. PMID 10605120.