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Evolutionary Biology PhD Program Faculty

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Anne Stone

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.

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

C Athena Aktipis
Asst Professor

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Co-Director, Human Generosity Project
Current research: cooperation and conflict in biological systems including cancer evolution and the human

Gro Amdam

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

ISTB-1 314
Michael Angilletta

Michael Angilletta combines models and experiments to understand adaptation to changing environments.

Heather Bean
Assistant Professor

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

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

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

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.

Reed Cartwright
Assistant Professor

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

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.

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.

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.

Nico Franz

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).

Natural History Collections, Alameda Building AB 145
Gillian Gile
Assistant Professor

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

Robin Harris
Asst Professor

Rob Harris 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.

LSC 326 (Lab), LSC 324 (Office)
Karmella Haynes
Assistant Professor
ISTB4 273
Kim Hill

Dr. 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

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.

Center for Evolution and Medicine, LSC 216 PO Box 874501
Jeffrey Jensen

The Jensen Lab develops 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.

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.

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.

School of Life Sciences LSE 321 PO Box 874501
Manfred Laubichler
President's Professor

Laubichler is a theoretical biologist and historian of science. He is the co-director of the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems and associate director of ASU's Origins Project,

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.

Biodesign Institute A320A
Curtis Marean

Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley 1990; Foundation Professor, Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and Institute of Human Origins.

166 SHESC Arizona State University
Emilia Martins

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.

School of Life Sciences 372 Life Sciences Building A
Randolph Nesse

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

Center for Evolution & Medicine LSC 210C
Stuart Newfeld
LSA L164
Susanne Pfeifer
Assistant Professor

The Pfeifer lab is interested in studying genetic and evolutionary processes by combining large-scale, high-throughput sequence data analysis, model-based statistical inference, and modeling.

School of Life Sciences LSA 120
Kathleen Pigg

Kathleen B. 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.

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.

ISTB1 304
Christian Rabeling
Assistant Professor

Christian 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

Alan 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.

Office of Clinical Partnerships INTDSA, rm A121
Kaye Reed
President's Professor

Reed is director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. Her research uses community ecology of primates and mammals to understand biogeography, community structure, and the habitats of fossil hominins.

Michael Rosenberg
Associate Professor

Rosenberg is a computational evolutionary biologist, ecologist, and bioinformatician.

LSA 260
Gary Schwartz
Assoc Professor

Schwartz is a Associate Professor with the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. He is interested in the evolutionary history of primate and human development as evidenced in developing tooth tissues.

SHESC Rm. 367
Everett Shock

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.

Anne Stone

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.

LSE 417
Karen Sweazea
Associate Professor

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

LSC 552A 401 E. Tyler Mall
Jesse Taylor
Assoc Professor

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

Benjamin Trumble
Assistant Professor

Trumble researches hormone-behavior interactions. He is faculty in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and affiliated with the Center for Evolution and Medicine.

Center for Evolution & Medicine LSC 218
Arvind Varsani
Associate Professor

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

Willem Vermaas
Foundation Professor

Wim Vermaas and his group do 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.

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

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

LSC 550
Martin Wojciechowski
Asc Dean & Asc Professor ACD

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

Office LSE 711