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Marcus W. Feldman, MS, PhD   Download vCard
Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor of Biological Sciences; Director of the Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies and Stanford Health Policy Associate

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Research Interests
the use of applied mathematics and computer modeling to simulate and analyze the process of evolution; demographic issues related to the gender ratio in China

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Marcus Feldman is the Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor of Biological Sciences and director of the Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies at Stanford University. He uses applied mathematics and computer modeling to simulate and analyze the process of evolution. His specific areas of research include the evolution of complex genetic systems that can undergo both natural selection and recombination, and the evolution of learning as one interface between modern methods in artificial intelligence and models of biological processes, including communication. He also studies the evolution of modern humans using models for the dynamics of molecular polymorphisms, especially DNA variants. He helped develop the quantitative theory of cultural evolution, which he applies to issues in human behavior, and also the theory of niche construction, which has wide applications in ecology and evolutionary analysis. He also has a large research program on demographic issues related to the gender ratio in China.

Feldman is a trustee and member of the science steering committee of the Santa Fe Institute. He is managing editor of Theoretical Population Biology and associate editor of the journals Genetics; Human Genomics; Complexity; the Annals of Human Genetics; and the Annals of Human Biology. He is a former editor of The American Naturalist. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the California Academy of Science. His work received the "Paper of the Year 2003" award in all of biomedical science from The Lancet. He has written more than 335 scientific papers and four books on evolution, ecology, and mathematical biology. He received a BSc in mathematics and statistics from the University of Western Australia, an MSc in mathematics from Monash University (Australia), and a PhD in mathematical biology from Stanford. He has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1971.

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Biological Sciences

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American Academy of Arts and Sciences, California Academy of Science


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Tuberculosis strain spread by the fur trade reveals stealthy approach of ...
"Up to now, it has been relatively hard to define the locations of origin of a strain of tuberculosis more precisely than a continent," said Marcus Feldman, professor of biology and a co-author of the paper. By looking at large numbers of bacterial ...
April 7, 2011 in Stanford Report

Modern humans may have originated in southern Africa, researchers say
The new study, headed by Henn and geneticist Marcus W. Feldman of Stanford, looked at 16 different population groups and compared more than 500000 genetic markers in each sample. "This is the strongest genetic evidence to date," Henn said.
March 10, 2011 in Media Newswire (press release)

Marcus Feldman, Cynthia Kenyon win foundation prize
Marcus Feldman of Stanford and Cynthia Kenyon of UCSF each have been awarded this year's Dan David Foundation prize, created by the wealth of a Romanian-born Israeli businessman who began as a TV reporter-photographer and made his first fortune from a ...
March 6, 2011 in San Francisco Chronicle

Stanford professor wins million-dollar Dan David Prize
Stanford biologist Marcus Feldman has won a $1 million prize from the Dan David Foundation for his work on evolution. Prizes are awarded annually for achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact on our world.
March 3, 2011 in Stanford Report

Stanford research follows spread of flu in high school
Along with Jones, Salath — Stanford co-authors on the PNAS article are biologist Marcus Feldman and computer scientists Maria Kazandjieva, Jung Woo Lee and ...
December 14, 2010 in

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