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Early Career Finalist for Eureka Prize


8 August 2014

Associate Professor Simon Ho has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Eureka Prizes

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Eureka Prizes reward excellence in many fields of science, including research, leadership, journalism and photography.

Associate Professor Simon Ho is a finalist in the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher. As an evolutionary biologist, Simon has made major contributions and developed new methods in the field of 'molecular clocks'. A molecular clock describes the relationship between time and genetic variation, measured by the number of mutations between DNA sequences. These are a way of estimating evolutionary rates and timescales.

Simon approaches his work on molecular clocks using computational and statistical methods. He has made a huge impact on our understanding of variation in evolutionary rates at the genetic level.

The awards dinner, where the Eureka winners will be announced, is on 10 September. Good luck Simon!