Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution

Exploring evolution at the cellular level


Evolution is a fundamental process with profound impact on our daily lives – from the rise in antibiotic resistance to responses to global environmental change. Evolutionary change starts at the cellular level.

The Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution focuses on the specific mechanisms that govern evolutionary change, starting with the building blocks of cells. Our goal is to decipher the general rules by which evolution proceeds in different lineages of organisms using experimental laboratory results and a mathematical framework. In essence, we are aiming to establish an entirely new field called evolutionary cell biology.

Michael Lynch, PhD

Director, Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution

Michael Lynch researches mechanisms of evolution at the gene, genomic, cellular and phenotypic levels giving special attention to the role of mutation, random genetic drift and recombination. He is a major force in promoting neutral theories to explain variation in genomic and gene-structural architecture based on the effects of population sizes in different lineages. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Faculty members

Kerry Geiler-Samerotte

Assistant Professor

Ke Hu

Professor

Michael Lynch

Director

John McCutcheon

Associate Director

Jeremy Wideman

Assistant Professor

 
Faculty associates

Reed Cartwright

Reed Cartwright

Associate Professor

Julian Chen

Julian Chen

Professor

Stephanie Forrest

Stephanie Forrest

Center Director and Professor

Wayne Frasch

Wayne Frasch

Professor

Gillian Gile

Gillian Gile

Associate Professor

Rizal Fajar Hariadi

Rizal Fajar Hariadi

Assistant Professor

Jeffrey Jensen

Jeffrey Jensen

Professor

Po Lin

Po Lin

Assistant Professor

Carlo Maley

Carlo Maley

Associate Professor

Marco Mangone

Marco Mangone

Associate Professor

Marco Mangone

Banu Ozkan

Professor

Susanne Pfeifer

Susanne Pfeifer

Assistant Professor

Susanne Pfeifer

Douglas Shepherd

Assistant Professor

Wade Van Horn

Wade Van Horn

Associate Professor

Arvind Varsani

Arvind Varsani

Associate Professor

Sara Walker

Sara Walker

Associate Professor

Melissa Wilson

Melissa Wilson

Associate Professor

 

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