Peter Keightley

Peter Keightley

Peter Keightley in 2014, portrait via the Royal Society

Peter D. Keightley


Evolutionary genetics
Murid rodents

University of Edinburgh

Alma mater
University of Edinburgh (PhD)

Studies of quantitative genetic variation (1989)

Doctoral students

Daniel Gaffney[citation needed]
Daniel Halligan[citation needed]
Matthew Hartfield[1]
Athanasios Kousathanas[2]
Sujai Kumar[3]
Lél Eöry[4]

Notable awards
FRS (2014)[5]


Peter D. Keightley FRS[5] is Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.[6][7]


1 Education
2 Research
3 Awards and honours
4 Personal life
5 References

Keightley was educated at the University of Edinburgh where he was awarded a PhD in 1989 for research on genetic variation.[8]
Keightley leads a laboratory which works on evolutionary genetics and the evolutionary impact of new mutations on molecular genetic and quantitative trait variation and fitness. His research investitages genetic variation and adaptation through the analysis of nucleotide variation within natural populations and between different species.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]
Keightley’s research has been funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).[17]
Awards and honours[edit]
Keightley was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014. His nomination reads:

Peter Keightley is a leading evolutionary geneticist. He has made seminal contributions to the genetics and evolution of quantitative traits, and to molecular evolution and variation. His work combines theoretical modelling, genetic experimentation and bioinformatic studies of DNA sequences, in an unusually productive and innovative way. His work has shed light on several fundamental questions in genetics and evolution. He is especially well known for his work on the effects on fitness and rate of occurrence of spontaneous mutations. This has led to a much improved estimate of the deleterious mutation rate for the genome as a whole.[5]

Personal life[edit]
Keightley’s uncle (Mike Keightley) was involved in the investigation of the Boston Strangler.[citation needed]

^ Hartfield, Matthew (2012). Evolution of sex and recombination in large, finite populations (PhD thes