Professor Peter Keightley FRS
Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Peter Keightley is a leading evolutionary geneticist. He has made seminal contributions to the genetics and evolution of quantitative traits, and to molecular evolution and variation. His work combines theoretical modelling, genetic experimentation and bioinformatic studies of DNA sequences, in an unusually productive and innovative way. His work has shed light on several fundamental questions in genetics and evolution. He is especially well known for his work on the effects on fitness and rate of occurrence of spontaneous mutations. This has led to a much improved estimate of the deleterious mutation rate for the genome as a whole.