The number cruncher of evolutionary biology receives this year's Annual Award
This year's recipient of the Annual Award, professor Rasmus Nielsen, tells the big story of mankind’s evolution by studying the smallest genetic differences. The internationally acclaimed Danish scientist reveals humanity's past and evolution through patterns in genomes. On 23 January 2020, he receives the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award of DKK 5 million.
- Born in 1970, grew up in Humlebæk, Denmark, and now lives in California
- Professor and head of the Nielsen Lab in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley
- Professor at the GLOBE Institute at the University of Copenhagen
- Author of more than 200 scientific articles
- Recipient of the Danish Elite Research Prize in 2007
- Professor at Cornell (2000–2004)
Genomes know no borders, and professor Rasmus Nielsen's research is transcontinental in scope. He has built the statistical models behind many of the biggest research results in evolutionary biology. And as a researcher, he builds bridges both to our past and from Denmark to the rest of the world. He is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he heads the Nielsen Lab in the Department of Integrative Biology. At the same time, he has kept his close connection to Danish research and the University of Copenhagen.
Rasmus Nielsen is receiving the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award of DKK 5 million for his significant contribution to science and technology. His research is carried out in collaboration with the world’s leading researchers in the US and in Denmark. Rasmus Nielsen is the author of more than 200 scientific articles, and he is one of the most widely cited Danish researchers.
"Rasmus Nielsen's research has helped us to view human evolution in an entirely new way," says Jens Kann-Rasmussen, chair of VILLUM FONDEN. "By developing cutting-edge statistical methods to investigate how human genes have changed over time, he is helping to write history within evolutionary science. VILLUM FONDEN is proud to offer him the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in recognition of his outstanding research."
The Award is made annually on the anniversary of the birth of the late Villum Kann Rasmussen (1909–93) on 23 January.
Video portrait of Rasmus Nielsen