Harris A. Lewin

Position Title
Robert and Rosabel Osborne Endowed Chair in Evolution and Ecology; Distinguished Professor

Genome Center
Department of Evolution and Ecology, College of Biological Sciences

4321 GBSF, Davis, CA 95616

Profile Introduction

Harris A. Lewin is the Robert and Rosabel Osborne Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Evolution and Ecology and at the University of California, Davis where he also holds a joint appointment in the School of Veterinary Medicine and is a Fellow of the John Muir Institute for the Environment.  From 2011-2016, he served as the UC Davis Vice Chancellor for Research. Prior to that he spent 27 years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he held the E.W. and J.M. Gutgsell Endowed Professorship in Immunogenetics, with a primary appointment in the Department of Animal Sciences and was a member of the Center for Advanced Study. Lewin served as Director of the University of Illinois Biotechnology Center, Founding Director of the W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics, and Founding Director of the Institute for Genomic Biology.

Research Interests

Mammalian comparative and functional genomics

Lewin’s current research interest is in mammalian genome evolution as it relates to adaptation, speciation, and the origins of cancer, and he serves as the Chair of the Earth BioGenome Project Working Group.

Honors and Awards

  • In 2004, Lewin was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2007 he was elected as a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. In 2011 Lewin was awarded the Wolf Prize in Agriculture. In 2013 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.


    • 1979 BS Animal Science, Cornell University
    • 1981 MS Animal Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University
    • 1984 PhD Immunology, UC Davis