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Evolutionary Biology PhD Program Faculty

Program Director

Anne Stone
IHO Research Affiliate and 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.

LSE 417
Jesse Taylor
Associate 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.


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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
Assoc 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

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

ISTB-1 314
Michael Angilletta
President's Professor; Assoc. Director of Learning Innovation

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

LSC 488
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 and CEM Center Director

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
Associate 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; Faculty Group Leader of Global Change Biology faculty group

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
Dale DeNardo

DeNardo has been a faculty member with the School of Life Sciences since 1998 and has published more than 100 scientific papers in the field of environmental physiology.

Life Sciences C-wing room 444 School of Life Sciences
Greer Dolby
Assistant Research Professor

Geo-genomics, speciation, Earth-life coevolution

Jennifer Fewell
President’s Professor; Associate Director of Faculty

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
Professor and Biocollections Director

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) and ASU Biocollections.

Arizona State University Biocollections AB 145
Gillian Gile
Assistant Professor

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

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.

LSE 342 (Lab), LSE 333 (Office)
Jon Harrison

Harrison is an environmental physiologist who studies how insects function, interact with their environment and evolve.

ISTB1 324 School of Life Sciences
Kim Hill

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
Silvie Huijben
Asst Professor

Silvie Huijben is an evolutionary biologist who studies the evolutionary ecology of resistant organisms. Her aim is to optimize treatment strategies that minimize resistance evolution, with a focus on malaria.

Life Sciences C, 427 East Tyler Mall
Jeffrey Jensen

Prof. Jensen is a population geneticist who develops theory and statistical methodology for describing and quantifying evolutionary processes in both natural and experimental populations.

Center for Evolution & Medicine LSC 222
Sreetharan Kanthaswamy

Dr Kanthaswamy’s research focuses on population and evolutionary genetics and forensic DNA analysis.

CLCC 285, School of Mathematical & 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
Professor, Associate Dean and Director

Director of the School of Life Sciences and associate dean for strategic partnerships in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Kusumi's research focuses on vertebrate genomics.

1100 S. McAllister Ave. Armstrong Hall, Suite 240
Manfred Laubichler
President's Professor and ASU-SFI BCI Director

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

LSA 256
Michael Lynch
Professor and Center Director

Lynch's research focuses on mechanisms of evolution at the gene, genomic, cellular, and phenotypic levels, with special attention being given to the roles of mutation, random genetic drift, and recombination.

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

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.

166 SHESC Arizona State University
Emilia Martins
Professor; Associate Director, Graduate Programs

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
John McCutcheon
Associate Center Director & Professor

McCutcheon studies endosymbioses, or relationships where one cell lives inside the other. He and his group mostly work bacterial infections that benefit—rather than harm—their hosts.

Grant McFadden
Center Director & Professor

Grant McFadden directs the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines, and Virotherapy (B-CIVV) at ASU. The McFadden lab studies how poxviruses that cause immunosuppression interact with the host immune system.

Stuart Newfeld
Professor; Faculty Group Leader of Cellular and Molecular Biosciences faculty group
LSA L164
Krijn Paaijmans
Asst Professor

Paaijmans is a disease ecologist with a strong interest in how the biology and ecology of parasites, viruses and insect vectors shape the distribution and intensity of infectious diseases

Life Sciences E (LSE) Rm. 409. MC: 1701
Susanne Pfeifer
Assistant Professor

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

School of Life Sciences LSC 340
Kathleen Pigg

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; 155 Alameda Building 1735 W Alameda Drive Arizona State University
Stephen Pratt

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
Associate 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
Executive Director, Clinical Partnerships; Faculty Group Leader of Genomics, Evolution and Bioinformatics faculty group

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

Kerry Geiler-Samerotte
Assistant Professor

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.

1001 S McAllister Ave Biodesign C
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.

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.

Abhishek Shrivastava
Assistant Professor

Shrivastava uses biology, physics, and bioinformatics to find factors that shape spatial structure of the microbiome. His lab aims to find how changes in the microbiome correlate with the occurrence of diseases.

Beckett Sterner
Assistant Professor

Studies the social epistemology of pluralism: what knowledge do we need to get things done together while differing in fundamental ways? Focuses on computational and data-intensive science, especially in biology.

Center for Biology and Society PO Box 873301
Anne Stone
Regents 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.

LSE 417
Karen Sweazea
Associate Professor

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

LSE 421 427 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.

Benjamin Trumble
Asst Professor

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

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.

Wim Vermaas
Foundation Professor;Associate Director Research and Training Initiatives

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.

LSE 549
Xuan Wang
Associate Professor

Wang is an applied microbiologist, working at the interface between microbial genetics and metabolic engineering to develop new microbial production processes.

Office 499E Biodesign C 1001 S. McAllister
Jeremy Wideman
Assistant Professor

Wideman strives to understand the emergence of complexity in eukaryote evolution. Using comparative genomics and cell biological approaches he reconstructs features of the last eukaryotic common ancestor.

Room 431 Biodesign Building C
Melissa Wilson
Associate Professor

Wilson 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.

LSC 550
Martin Wojciechowski
Associate Professor and Associate Dean

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).

Office LSE 711
Qiyun Zhu
Assistant Professor
727 E Tyler St