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Chris Hittinger

Chris Hittinger

Expert on the evolution of yeast carbon metabolism, evolutionary genomics/genetics, molecular evolution, phylogenetics, population genetics, evolutionary systems biology

Assistant professor, genetics College of Letters and Science Work: 608-890-2586 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Aerobic fermentation/Crabtree-Warburg Effect. Some yeasts ferment sugars to ethanol, even when oxygen is present. We study how this system evolved from typical respiratory strategies.
  • Evolutionary genetics, functional genomics, and the evolution of complex genetic systems.
  • Yeast biodiversity, especially Saccharomyces, including industrial and brewing strains


  • Maclyn McCarty Fellow, Helen Hay Whitney Foundation, 2008-2011
  • Genetics fellow, James S. McDonnell Foundation, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, 2007-2008
  • Predoctoral fellow in the biological sciences, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 2001-2006