Harris Lewin is the Robert and Rosabel Osborne Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Evolution and Ecology and at the University of California, Davis where he also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Reproduction and Population Health, School of Veterinary Medicine. From 2011-2016, he served as the UC Davis Vice Chancellor for Research. Prior to that he spent 27 years at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where he held the E.W. and J.M. Gutgsell Endowed Professorship in Immunogenetics, with a primary appointment in the Department of Animal Sciences and was a member of the Center for Advanced Study. Lewin served as Director of the University of Illinois Biotechnology Center, Founding Director of the W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics, and Founding Director of the Institute for Genomic Biology. Lewin’s current research interest is in mammalian genome evolution as it relates to adaptation, speciation, and the origins of cancer. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was elected as a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. In 2011, Lewin was awarded the Wolf Prize in Agriculture, and in 2013 he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.