Genetic data expert to bolster ASU's high-throughput DNA analytics

January 26, 2012

Arizona State University has recruited computational and evolutionary geneticist Reed Cartwright to expand its capabilities to conduct next-generation DNA sequence analysis. He has joined the Center for Evolutionary Medicine and Informatics at the Biodesign Institute with a joint-faculty appointment in the School of Life Sciences.

Cartwright’s research focuses on population genetics and molecular evolution. He develops statistical models and software tools to help understand complex genomic data in their biological context. His past work has shed light on genetic variation within and between human families, selection of physical characteristics, evolution of the language genes, the relationship of the genomes of parents and daughters, and the evolution of genetic mutations in groups of organisms. Reed Cartwright Download Full Image

“Cartwright has developed important methods and tools for analyzing DNA sequence data,” says Sudhir Kumar, director of the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Evolutionary Medicine and Informatics. “His arrival coincides with ASU’s expanded efforts in the next-generation genomics and medicine.”

Cartwright brings his extensive experience in public and scientific outreach to ASU. He manages the largest group blog on evolution, called the Panda’s Thumb. He also co-edited “The Open Laboratory: The Best Science Writing on Blogs 2007,” a book highlighting more than 50 blog posts to show the diversity of science writing and shed light on blogs as a new venue to discuss science. Cartwright is an avid supporter of pro-science education causes with the aim of helping to improve the state of biology education in the U.S.

Before coming to ASU, Cartwright was a Huxley Faculty Fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University. Prior to that, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Houston and North Carolina State University. Cartwright was educated at the University of Georgia, where he earned a doctoral degree in genetics after graduating cum laude with honors with bachelor’s degrees in both genetics and Latin. 

Julie Kurth

Manager, marketing and communications, Biodesign Institute


Info fair connects graduate programs with students, public

January 26, 2012

Curious about what it takes to earn a master’s or doctoral degree in engineering, sustainability, design, microbiology, neuroscience or other burgeoning fields?

Arizona State University representatives from a wide variety of disciplines will converge for the Graduate Programs Info Fair on the ASU Tempe campus on Feb. 1 and again on the Downtown campus on Feb. 2. ASU Graduate Info Fair Download Full Image

The event is free and open to the public as well as current students. Ask questions about individual programs, discover which degree is best for you, explore future career possibilities and learn about the graduate application process.

Meet graduate program directors and support staff from Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, W. P. Carey School of Business, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, School of Life Sciences, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, among others.

The event is hosted by the ASU Graduate College. Find more information at

Tempe campus
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 1
Memorial Union (MU), Ventana Room 241 and Coconino Room 246

Downtown campus
5:30-7 p.m., Feb. 2
Mercado C (MERCC), Room C145

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