Dr. Michael T. Clegg
National Academies Foreign Secretary, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
Dr. Clegg is currently a professor of Genetics at the University of California, Riverside; where he also served as Dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences from 1994 until 2004. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1990 and became Foreign Secretary in 2002. Also, he has served as President of the American Genetic Association, 1987, and President of the International Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, 2002.
Clegg's research specialty is population genetics and molecular evolution. His early work in population genetics focused on the dynamical behavior of linked systems of genes in plant and Drosophila populations. Later, he helped pioneer the comparative analysis of cholorplast DNA variation as a tool for the reconstruction of plant phylogenies. His current work is concerned with the comparative genomics of plant gene families, the molecular evolution of genes in the flavonoid biosynthetic pathway, the use of the coalescent construct to study crop plant domestication and the application of molecular markers to avocado improvement.