Martin Kreitman

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Professor Martin Kreitman
Born Martin Edward Kreitman
Institutions University of Chicago
Harvard University
Stony Brook University
University of Florida
Alma mater Harvard University (PhD)
University of Florida
Stony Brook University (undergraduate)
Thesis Nucleotide Sequence Variation of Alcohol dehydrogenase in Drosophila melanogaster (1983)
Doctoral advisor Richard Lewontin[1][2]
Doctoral students Hiroshi Akashi[3]
Eli Stahl[3]
Peter Andolfatto
Casey Bergman[4]
Andrew Crawford
Bin He
Mark Allen Jensen
Fengli Liu
Susan Lott
Stephanie Rollmann
Known for McDonald–Kreitman test
Notable awards MacArthur Fellows Program (1991)

Professor Martin Edward Kreitman is an American geneticist at the University of Chicago,[5][6][7] most well known for the McDonald–Kreitman test that is used to infer the amount of adaptive evolution in population genetic studies.


Kreitman graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Science degree Biology in 1975, and from the University of Florida with a Master of Science degree in Zoology, in 1977. He went on to study at Harvard University, graduating with a Ph.D. in Population Genetics, specifically Nucleotide Sequence Variation of Alcohol dehydrogenase in Drosophila melanogaster[8] in 1983.[9]


The Kreitman lab does research in four main areas:[10][11][12][13]

"Functional evolution of cis-regulatory sequences (Drosophila)"[14]

"Molecular population genetics and evolution (Drosophila and Arabidopsis)"[14]

"Canalization in development and evolution (Drosophila)"[14]

"Evolutionary dynamics of disease resistance and pathogenicity (Arabidopsis)"[14]

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Recent Publications[edit]


  1. ^ "On the 30th Anniversary of DNA Sequencing in Population Genetics | I wish you'd made me angry earlier". Archived from the original on 2013-08-06. 
  2. ^ Keith, T. P.; Riley, M. A.; Kreitman, M.; Lewontin, R. C.; Curtis, D.; Chambers, G. (1987). "Sequence of the structural gene for xanthine dehydrogenase (rosy locus) in Drosophila melanogaster". Genetics 116 (1): 67–73. PMC 1203122. PMID 3036646. 
  3. ^ a b "Alumni | Ecology & Evolution | University of Chicago". Archived from the original on 2013-08-07. 
  4. ^ Bergman, Casey M. (2001). Evolutionary analyses of transcriptional control sequences in Drosophila (PhD thesis). University of Chicago. 
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  7. ^ Martin Kreitman's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier.
  8. ^ Kreitman, Martin Edward (1983). Nucleotide Sequence Variation of Alcohol dehydrogenase in Drosophila melanogaster (PhD thesis). Harvard University. 
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  10. ^ Kreitman, M. (1983). "Nucleotide polymorphism at the alcohol dehydrogenase locus of Drosophila melanogaster". Nature 304 (5925): 412–417. doi:10.1038/304412a0. PMID 6410283. 
  11. ^ McDonald, J. H.; Kreitman, Martin (1991). "Adaptive protein evolution at the Adh locus in Drosophila". Nature 351 (6328): 652–654. doi:10.1038/351652a0. PMID 1904993. 
  12. ^ Hudson, R. R.; Kreitman, M.; Aguadé, M. (1987). "A test of neutral molecular evolution based on nucleotide data". Genetics 116 (1): 153–159. PMC 1203113. PMID 3110004. 
  13. ^ Kreitman, Martin (2000). "Methods to detect selection In populations with applications to the human". Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics 1: 539–559. doi:10.1146/annurev.genom.1.1.539. PMID 11701640. 
  14. ^ a b c d "Faculty | Ecology & Evolution | University of Chicago". Archived from the original on 2013-08-06. 
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