Reed Cartwright

Reed Cartwright

Associate Professor, Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics
Associate Faculty, Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution


Reed Cartwright (Ph.D. Genetics, University of Georgia) is an associate professor of Genomics, Evolution, and Bioinformatics in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. His laboratory is located in The Biodesign Institute at ASU.

His research interests cover many different questions in population genetics and molecular evolution, focusing on computational biology and stochastic models. He has worked on frequency-dependent selection models, spatial genetic models, indel evolution models, sequence alignment, and phylogenetic models. His current research involves estimating indel rates and length distributions, applying population genetic models to phylogeny reconstruction, and finding de novo mutations and SNPs from next-gen sequencing of human genomes.

Reed manages the largest group blog on evolution, The Panda’s Thumb. He was editor and designer of The Open Laboratory: The Best Science Writing on Blogs 2007. He is co-creator of Prof. Steve Steve.