Susanne Pfeifer

Susanne Pfeifer

Faculty Associate, Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution
Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences
Assistant Professor, Center for Evolution & Medicine


Susanne Pfeifer is a computational molecular biologist and Assistant Professor in the ASU School of Life Sciences, the Center for Evolution & Medicine, and the Center for Mechanisms of Evolution.

The Pfeifer lab is interested in studying genetic and evolutionary processes by combining large-scale, high-throughput sequence data analysis, model-based statistical inference, and modeling with two main foci: (i) to understand how natural selection shapes patterns of genetic variation in populations (with particular interest in understanding the process of adaptation during rapid environmental change) and (ii) to elucidate the causes and consequences of recombination and mutation rate variation (with a focus on primates).

Prof. Pfeifer earned a BSc and MSc from Saarland University in Computational Molecular Biology advised by Thomas Lengauer (Max-Planck-Institute for Computer Science) and Volkhard Helms (Center for Bioinformatics, Saarland University) in 2006 and 2008, respectively. She earned her DPhil in Statistics at the University of Oxford in 2013 advised by Gil McVean. She completed her postdoctoral work as a Vienna International Postdoctoral Program fellow with Arndt von Haeseler (Center for Integrative Bioinformatics Vienna) and worked as a research associate in Jeffrey Jensen's Lab at EPFL.