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Evolutionary Biology PhD Program Faculty

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Name
Anne Stone
Professor

Stone's specialization and main area of interest is anthropological genetics. Her current research focuses on population history and understanding how humans and the great apes have adapted to their environments.

480-727-6310
LSE 417
Melissa Wilson Sayres
Asst Professor

Wilson Sayres is a computational evolutionary biologist studying sex-biased processes including human and non-human health and disease.

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Evolutionary Biology (PhD)

Evolutionary biology is a transdisciplinary graduate degree program that will provide doctorate-level training in the...

Program Faculty

Name
Expertise
C Athena Aktipis
Asst Professor

Aktipis is the co-director of the Human Generosity Project. Her current research focuses on cooperation and conflict in biological systems including cancer evolution and the human microbiome.

Gro Amdam
Professor

Amdam is a Norwegian biologist who is internationally known for her research on behavior and aging in honey bees.

480-727-0895
ISTB-1 314
Michael Angilletta
Professor

Angilletta combines models and experiments to understand how animal populations adapt to changing environments.

480-965-4321
Heather Bean
Assistant Professor

Bean applies bioanalytical chemistry methods to characterize microbial metabolomes and identify biomarkers of lung disease.

480-727-3395
LSE 315 School of Life Sciences
Kenneth Buetow
Professor; Director, Computational Science and Informatics Core Program, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative

Buetow is a human genetics and genomics researcher who leverages computational tools to understand complex traits such as cancer, liver disease, and obesity.

480-727-9413
Jane Buikstra
Regents Professor

Regents' Professor and bioarchaeology pioneer Buikstra melds disciplines like paleopathology and forensic anthropology to investigate disease evolution and other aspects of the human condition.

480-965-6213
SHESC 320
Reed Cartwright
Assistant Professor

Cartwright is a geneticist who develops computational and statistical methodologies to explore evolutionary questions.

480-965-9949
James Collins
Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment

Collins is an evolutionary ecologist whose research group studies the role of host-pathogen interactions in species decline and extinction, as well as ecological ethics.

480-965-4578
LSC 402
Jennifer Fewell
President's Professor

Fewell is a President’s Professor and faculty leader for the Organismal, Integrative and Systems Biology Group. Her research centers around the organization and evolution of insect societies.

480-965-6539
ISTB 302
Rebecca Fisher
Adjunct Faculty

Rebecca Fisher's primary appointment is at the UA COM-Phoenix, where she designed the anatomy curriculum. Fisher studies the functional anatomy and evolution of the musculoskeletal system in vertebrates and cephalopods.

480-727-9772
Nico Franz
Professor

Franz is an insect systematist who specializes in New World weevil diversity and evolution. He curates the Hasbrouck Insect Collection and directs the Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC).

480-965-2036
Natural History Collections, Alameda Building AB 145
Gillian Gile
Assistant Professor

Gile is an evolutionary microbiologist who studies single-celled eukaryotes (protists) and symbiosis.

480-727-4761
Robin Harris
Asst Professor

The Harris lab uses genetic, molecular and imaging techniques to explore the genetics that underlie regeneration, and how we can improve the ability to repair and re-grow tissues after they're damaged.

480-965-7543
LSE 342 (Lab), LSE 333 (Office)
Karmella Haynes
Assistant Professor
480-965-4636
ISTB4 273
Kim Hill
Professor

Hill began his education in molecular genetics but switched to evolutionary anthropology in 1980. He has held faculty positions at Emory University, University of Michigan, University of New Mexico, and A.S.U

480-965-6215
Katie Hinde
Assoc Professor

Hinde investigates the food, medicine, and signal of mother's milk and impact on babies at the intersection of social, life, and medical sciences.

480-965-6215
Center for Evolution and Medicine, LSC 216 PO Box 874501
Jeffrey Jensen
Professor

Jensen and his lab develop population genetic theory and statistical methodology for describing and quantifying evolutionary processes in both natural and experimental populations.

Center for Evolution & Medicine LSC 222
Sreetharan Kanthaswamy
Assoc Professor

Kanthaswamy’s research on primate genetics and genomics is centered on the investigation of anthropogenic and natural forces which shape and structure genetic variation of natural and captive animal populations.

602-543-3405
CLCC 285, School of Math & Natural Sciences, ASU West,
William Kimbel
Virginia M Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment and Director, Institute of Human Origins

Kimbel is director of the Institute of Human Origins. He conducts field, laboratory and theoretical research in paleoanthropology, with a primary focus on Plio-Pleistocene hominid evolution in Africa.

480-727-6582
SS 103
Kenro Kusumi
Assoc Dean (ACD) & Professor

Associate dean of research, online, and graduate initiatives for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Kusumi's research uses genomic approaches to address major biomedical and conservation challenges.

480-727-0530
Armstrong Hall
Manfred Laubichler
President's Professor

Laubichler is a theoretical biologist and historian of science. He is director of the Global Biosocial Complexity Initiative at ASU and the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems

480-965-5481
LSA 256
Carlo Maley
Assoc Professor

Maley is a biologist who specializes in cancer, evolution and computational biology. He works at the intersection of these fields.

480-727-7320
Biodesign Institute A320A
Curtis Marean
Professor

Marean’s research interests focus on the origins of modern humans, the prehistory of Africa, the study of animal bones from archaeological sites and climates and environments of the past.

480-965-7796
166 SHESC Arizona State University
Emilia Martins
Professor

Martins studies behavioral evolution by mapping the ancient history of lizard communication in the southwestern US and by studying how sensory systems impact social behavior in the biomedically-important zebrafish.

480-965-0864
School of Life Sciences 372 Life Sciences Building A
Randolph Nesse
Professor

Dr. Nesse is a physician who has dedicated his career to establishing evolutionary biology as a basic science for medicine.

480-965-9944
Center for Evolution & Medicine LSC 210C
Stuart Newfeld
Professor
480-965-6042
LSA L164
Susanne Pfeifer
Assistant Professor

Pfeifer, a computational molecular biologist, studies genetic and evolutionary processes by combining large-scale, high-throughput sequence data analysis, model-based statistical inference, and modeling.

480-965-4027
School of Life Sciences LSA 120
Kathleen Pigg
Professor

Pigg is a paleobotanist who studies fossil plants that are related to modern groups of conifers, ferns and woody hardwood trees. Her group studies the origin of plants of the temperate deciduous biome.

480-965-3154
LSE 744 Arizona State University
Stephen Pratt
Associate Professor

Pratt studies the emergence of complex behavior in leaderless groups, especially social insects. He works with engineers to translate lessons from biology to artificial systems, and to develop new tools to analyze behavior.

480-727-9425
ISTB1 304
Christian Rabeling
Assistant Professor

Rabeling is an evolutionary biologist who studies the speciation mechanisms and biological diversity of ants, as well as the evolutionary ecology of symbiotic interactions between ants and other organisms.

Alan Rawls
Associate Professor

Rawls is an associate professor of genomics, evolution and bioinformatics in the School of Life Sciences and executive director of clinical partnerships in the Office of the University Provost.

480-727-6676
Office of Clinical Partnerships INTDSA, rm A121
Kaye Reed
President's Professor

Reed's research uses community ecology of primates and mammals to understand biogeography, community structure, and the habitats of fossil hominins.

480-965-9813
SHESC 206
Kerry Geiler-Samerotte
Assistant Professor

Kerry Geiler-Samerotte is an assistant professor in the Center for Mechanisms of Evolution and School of Life Sciences. Her lab investigates how basic features of cells influence the way those cells can evolve.

Gary Schwartz
Assoc Professor

Schwartz is interested in the evolutionary history of primate and human growth, development, and life history as evidenced in fossilized tissues, in particular developing teeth.

480-727-8684
SHESC Rm. 367
Everett Shock
Professor

Shock has appointments in the School of Molecular Sciences and School of Earth and Space Exploration and is director of the W. M. Keck Foundation Laboratory for Environmental Biogeochemistry at ASU.

480-965-0631
PSC -C306A PHYSICAL SCIENCE CENTER
Anne Stone
Professor

Stone's specialization and main area of interest is anthropological genetics. Her current research focuses on population history and understanding how humans and the great apes have adapted to their environments.

480-727-6310
LSE 417
Karen Sweazea
Associate Professor

Karen Sweazea is a physiologist who specializes in diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

480-965-6025
LSC 552A 401 E. Tyler Mall
Jesse Taylor
Assoc Professor

Taylor is a theoretical population geneticist who uses mathematical models to explore evolutionary processes. He is especially interested in the biology of soil mites in the Madrean sky islands of Arizona and Sonora.

480-727-1736
Benjamin Trumble
Assistant Professor

Trumble researches hormone-behavior interactions and the implications for human health and life histories.

480-965-1394
Center for Evolution & Medicine LSC 218
Arvind Varsani
Associate Professor

Varsani is a molecular virologist who works across ecosystems from plants to animals and from the tropics to polar regions.

480-727-2093
Willem Vermaas
Foundation Professor

Vermaas and his team conduct basic and applied research on cyanobacteria, a group of photosynthetic microbes, using these organisms as a chassis to produce useful compounds (biofuels, green chemicals) from sunlight and CO2.

480-965-6250
LSE 549
Melissa Wilson Sayres
Asst Professor

Wilson Sayres is a computational evolutionary biologist studying sex-biased processes including human and non-human health and disease.

Jeanne Wilson-Rawls
Associate Professor

Wilson-Rawls' research focuses on understanding the regulation of cell fate during development and regeneration with an emphasis on skeletal muscle stem cells and gametogenesis.

480-727-6675
LSC 550
Martin Wojciechowski
Asc Dean & Asc Professor ACD

Martin Wojciechowski is an evolutionary biologist who studies plants, with an emphasis on the genomics, biogeography, and phylogenetics of legumes (family Leguminosae) and cacti (family Cactaceae).

480-727-7767
Office LSE 711