Simon Gravel, an Associate Professor at McGill University in Montréal, received a prestigious 2014 Sloan Fellowship to help him further his compelling research on the evolution of human genetics. His use of mathematical, computational and statistical models has proved successful in advancing research in the field. For example, Gravel has been able to provide the most precise estimates of the human mutation rate to date.
Gravel underlined the importance of his research in this excerpt from his statement to the Fellowship committee: “The complexity of human populations is a huge challenge for both evolutionary and medical genetics, and is particularly acute for minority and admixed populations. I intend to keep pushing for better representation of minority populations in medical studies, both through the development of appropriate mathematical methods and the modeling of complex cohorts.”
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awards 126 two-year fellowships annually to early-career scientists and scholars who display a high potential to make important contributions to their field. The foundation was established in 1934 by the then President and CEO of General Motors Corp. and makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance.
For more information on Gravel’s work, please visit http://publications.mcgill.ca/lebulletel/2014/02/18/simon-gravel-laureat-dune-bourse-sloan/.