Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins received his PhD in Biophysics from Harvard University in 2002, under the joint supervision of John Wakeley and David Haig.

He was then a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows for three years, and then, from 2005-2011, he was a Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. In 2012, he founded the Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship, which supports academic scholarship by independent and non-traditional scholars in fields ranging from Physics to Biology to History to Philosophy.

Wilkins’s research interests span a range of topics in Evolution. In addition to his work on Genomic Imprinting, he has published articles in Protein Biochemistry, Coalescent Theory, Human Demographic History, Philosophy of Biology, and Linguistics. His research on Genomic Imprinting is focused on 1) constructing and analyzing mathematical models of the antagonistic coevolution of multiple imprinted genes to understand how that coevolution affects the organism phenotype, and 2) understanding the causes and consequences of imprinted gene expression in the Central Nervous System and its possible effects on cognition and behavior.


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  • Gavin Kelsey - UK
  • Anthony Isles - UK
  • Valter Tucci - ITA

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