Harris Lewin

Harris Lewin

2011 Wolf Prize in Agriculture

Harris A. Lewin, an American biologist, is a professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis. He was awarded the 2011 Wolf Prize in Agriculture for highly significant discoveries, which contribute to both fundamental and practical aspects of animal agriculture.

Education and Work Experience
  • 1979, BS in Animal Science from Cornell University
  • 1981, MS in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Cornell University
  • 1984, PhD in Immunology from UC Davis
  • Distinguished Professor of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis
  • Distinguished Professor of Population Health and Reproduction, University of California, Davis
  • 2015-present, Earth BioGenome Project Chairperson
Honors and Awards
    • 2004, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
    • 2011, Wolf Prize in Agriculture
    • 2013, Member of National Academy of Sciences
Major Academic Achievements

Lewin was senior author of a study that revealed one of the most prolific bulls in the history of Holstein cattle breeding, Pawnee Farm Arlinda Chief, had a lethal gene mutation estimated to have caused half million spontaneous cow abortions worldwide. Lewin collaborated with researchers from the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in France for a study that used RNA-sequencing to highlight problems with gene expression in cloned cattle. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Lewin and his colleagues used an algorithm to computationally recreate The chromosomes of the first eutherian mammal, the long-extinct, shrewlike ancestor of all placental mammals.