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Rasmus Nielsen

Danish geneticist

1970   -  

country of citizenship: Denmark
educated at: University of California, Berkeley, University of Copenhagen
occupation: geneticist
award received: Sloan Fellowship, Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award, EliteForsk Prize

Rasmus Nielsen (born January 27, 1970) is a Danish biologist and professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on statistical genetics and computational genomics as they relate to evolutionary biology. Much of his research has focused on the molecular mechanisms of evolutionary adaptations. For example, in 2010, his research group discovered the variant in the EPAS1 gene that allows Tibetans to live at high altitudes. His research has also identified an evolved genetic adaptation among the Inuit that allows them to metabolize fatty acids.
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