John Doebley, the George Wells Beadle Professor of Genetics, has been awarded the 2015 Mendel Medal by The Genetics Society. Doebley is known internationally for his studies of the genetic evolution of corn. His work was instrumental in identifying corn’s ancestor – teosinte, a weedy grass from Mexico – and has led to the identification of key gene regions that enabled teosinte to evolve into one of world’s most important crops.
The Genetics Society is one of the oldest “learned societies” devoted to Genetics in the world. Its membership of over 1700 consists of most of the UK’s active professional geneticists, including teachers, researchers and students. Industry and publishing are also well represented in their membership.