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Nels Elde, University of Utah evolutionary geneticist, receives MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant’

A University of Utah scientist who studies how microbes evolve with their hosts — human bodies — has received one of the nation’s most prestigious awards: A MacArthur Fellowship, often called a “genius grant.”



a man standing in front of a tree posing for the camera: (Photo courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation) Nels Elde, an evolutionary geneticist who does his research at the University of Utah, has received a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, aka "genius grant." The fellowships were announced Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.


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(Photo courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation) Nels Elde, an evolutionary geneticist who does his research at the University of Utah, has received a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, aka “genius grant.” The fellowships were announced Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.

Nels Elde, an evolutionary geneticist at the U., is one of 21 people — a group that includes writers, scientists, sociologists, a property law scholar and a documentary filmmaker — who were picked for their creativity, their track record and their potential to produce more creative work. Each gets a cash prize of $625,000, paid over five years, no strings attached, funded by the John D. and Catherine

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