Michael Lynch (geneticist)

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Michael Lynch
Born (1951-12-06) 6 December 1951 (age 65)
Auburn, New York, USA
Citizenship USA
Fields Genetics, Population genetics, Evolution
Institutions Indiana University
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Doctoral students Desiree Allen, Hong-Wen Deng, Suzanne Estes, Vaishali Katju, Travis Kibota, Britt Koskella, Kendall Morgan, Angela Omilian, Susanne Paland, Michael Pfrender, Sarah Schaack, Meg Snoke-Smith, Ken Spitze, Michael Vanni, Lawrence Weider
Known for contributions to Population Genetics, Quantitative Genetics,
Notable awards elected member of National Academy of Sciences, USA, 2009
For other people named Michael Lynch, see Michael Lynch (disambiguation).

Michael Lynch (born 1951) is Distinguished Professor of Evolution, Population Genetics and Genomics at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Besides many highly acclaimed papers, especially in population genetics, he has written a two volume textbook with Bruce Walsh, widely considered the "Bible" of quantitative genetics.[1] He has been a major force in promoting neutral theories to explain genomic architecture based on the effects of population sizes in different lineages; he presented this point of view comprehensively in his 2007 book "The Origins of Genome Architecture".[2] In 2009, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (Evolutionary Biology). Lynch was a Biology undergraduate at St. Bonaventure University and received a B.S. in 1973. He obtained his PhD from the University of Minnesota (Ecology and Behavioral Biology) in 1977.


  1. ^ Lynch, Michael; Bruce Walsh (1998-01-06). Genetics and Analysis of Quantitative Traits (1 ed.). Sinauer Associates. ISBN 0-87893-481-2. 
  2. ^ Lynch, Michael (2007-03-30). The Origins of Genome Architecture (1 ed.). Sinauer Associates Inc. ISBN 0-87893-484-7. 


  • Lynch, M. 2007. The Origins of Genome Architecture. Sinauer Assocs., Inc., Sunderland, MA.
  • Lynch, M., and J. B. Walsh. 1998. Genetics and Analysis of Quantitative Traits. Sinauer Assocs., Inc., Sunderland, MA.

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