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Genomics, Evolution and Bioinformatics

This faculty group focuses research and education on empirical, experimental, computational and theoretical studies of the patterns and processes that shape the diversity of genomes and their products.

Faculty Leader

Melissa Wilson
Associate Professor


Karen Anderson

Dr. Anderson is a tumor biologist who studies how the immune system can be harnessed to detect and alter cancer development.

Biodesign A220A 1001 S. McAllister Ave
Esther Borges Florsheim
Assistant Professor
727 E Tyler Street Rm A330B
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.

Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz
Associate Professor

Cadillo-Quiroz studies how microbes participate in ecosystem and applied processes.

LSE 723 School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
Reed Cartwright
Associate Professor

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

Yung Chang

Chang is an immunologist who studies the development and function of the immune system and uses DNA nanostructure to design and construct more useful vaccines and immunotherapeutic agents.

Changbin Chen
Assoc Professor

Chen's research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of DNA break repair, homologous recombination, genome organization and evolution.

427 E Tyler Mall LSE 650 (Lab)
Greer Dolby
Assistant Research Professor

Geo-genomics, speciation, Earth-life coevolution

Ferran Garcia-Pichel
Regents' Professor and Center Director

Garcia-Pichel is the Director of the Center for Applied and Fundamental Microbiomics. He studies the roles, adaptations and impacts of microbes in natural environments, from desert soils to shallow marine waters.

Gillian Gile
Associate 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)
Ke Hu

The Hu Lab exploits the richly detailed and invariant cell architecture of apicomplexan parasites to explore general questions in cellular construction and cell biology.

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
Kenro Kusumi

Dean of natural sciences and professor in the School of Life Sciences in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Kusumi's research focuses on vertebrate genomics.

1100 S. McAllister Ave. Armstrong Hall, Suite 240
Douglas lake
Associate Professor

Lake is a cellular and molecular immunologist who is working on biologic inhibitors of tumor cell metastasis. He is also developing a new test for Valley Fever that provides a diagnosis for patients with acute disease.

Mayo Clinic Collaborative Research Bldg Room 2-113
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.

Miyeko Mana
Asst Professor

Honing in on the intersection of stem cells, diet and cancer, Mana's research focuses on how various diets, ranging from high-fat to calorie restriction, impact stem cells and create vulnerabilities.

School of Life Sciences LSE 732
Marco Mangone
Associate Professor

Mangone is interested in study how eukaryotic RNA transcription is terminated and how the messenger RNA is regulated on its way to the expression into proteins, using the wound worm C. elegans as model system.

BDA 220F
John McCutcheon
Associate Center Director & Professor

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

Jason Newbern
Associate Professor

Dr. Newbern's research is centered on developmental neuroscience. His laboratory studies the biochemical mechanisms that direct the formation of the brain and spinal cord.

ISTB1-426 Arizona State University
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
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
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
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.

Noah Snyder-Mackler
Assistant Professor

Snyder-Mackler's research sits at the nexus of the social environment and the genome.

427 East Tyler Mall LSC 214
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.

Nathan Upham
Asst Research Professor

Nate Upham is an eco-evolutionary biologist with core interests in how species ecologies have diversified through time & across the tree of life. He studies the phylogenetic ecology of wild mammals, especially desert rodents.

ASU Natural History Collections 734 W Alameda Dr
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