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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

Alan Rawls
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
Kenneth Buetow

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
Assistant 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.

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
Ferran Garcia-Pichel
Professor and Center Director

Garcia-Pichel is the dean of natural sciences for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He studies the roles, adaptations and impacts of microbes in natural environments, from desert soils to shallow marine waters.

LSE 218
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)
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
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.

Life Sciences E-wing, Room 219, 427 E Tyler Mall
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

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.

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
Jason Newbern
Associate Professor

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
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.

Office of Clinical Partnerships INTDSA, rm A121
Kerry Geiler-Samerotte
Assistant Professor
1001 S McAllister Ave Biodesign C
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 and Assoc. Director

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
Assistant 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
Room 431 Biodesign Building C
Melissa Wilson
Assistant 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