Molly Przeworski

Molly Przeworski


Professor, Department of Biological Sciences


Department of Biological Sciences
Department of Systems Biology
Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Program for Mathematical Genomics


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Dr. Molly Przeworski is currently a Professor of Biological Sciences and of Systems Biology.  The focus of her work is in population genetics. Dr. Przeworski earned her BA in mathematics from Princeton University, her PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of Chicago, and completed a postdoc in the statistics department at the University of Oxford.  Prior to joining Columbia in 2014, she was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and on the faculty at Brown and the University of Chicago. She is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan fellowship, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist award, and the Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator award, and most recently elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Przeworski's research has contributed to a better understanding of how natural selection operates in humans and in other species and of how and why recombination and mutation processes evolve in vertebrates.


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Molly Przeworski, PhD, Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has elected Molly Przeworski, PhD, to its 2020 class of new members. Election to the NAS is highly prestigious and recognizes members for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Congratulations to Dr. Przeworski!
Molly Przeworski Recognized for Outstanding Teaching and Mentorship
Dr. Przeworski of biological sciences and of systems biology is one of eight recipients this year of Columbia University's Distinguished Faculty Award for exceptional teaching. The annual award recognizes faculty across a range of academic activities, including scholarship, University citizenship and professional involvement.
How Genomic Data Are Changing Population Genetics
Statistical analysis of large data sets enables new kinds of insights into the forces that drive genetic variation among individuals and species. Molly Przeworski describes how the field is evolving and some of her lab's recent findings.
Molly Przeworski Named Professor at Columbia
A specialist in evolutionary genetics, Dr. Przeworski combines modeling, development of statistical tools, and data analysis to study how natural selection and recombination shape the heritable differences seen among individuals and species.