Dr. Cartwright (PhD Genetics, University of Georgia) studies a variety of questions in computational evolutionary genetics. He is part of the Genomics, Evolution, and Bioinformatics Faculty in the School of Life Sciences and the Center for Personalized Diagnostics in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. Dr. Cartwright's graduate work was in theoretical population genetics, and his postdoc research was in molecular evolution and bioinformatics. Currently, he is primarily interested in developing statistical models to estimate evolutionary process from large, genomic datasets.
Dr. Malukiewicz (PhD Biology, Arizona State University) is a population geneticist focusing on primates. She is currently developing Brazilian marmosets into a study system to understand hybridization in primates. Her research in the Cartwright lab involves developing software to detect mutations from Tetrahymena thermophila mutation accumulation experiments. She is also working on identifying genes related to the evolution of mammary tissue in humans.
Mr. Orr (BS Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology and BS Mathematics, Arizona State Universtity) is a PhD student in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He uses phylogenomic methods to study somatic mutation patterns in eucalypts. He is currently developing methods to understand the error paterns in genomic datasets and estimate sequencing quality.
Mr. Mertens develops bioinformatic tools and is currently working on improving performance and troubleshooting issues in DAWG and SISRS. He is interested in programming languages, probability, GPU computing, motorcycles, dementia, burritos, and bioinformatics. In his spare time he tries to figure out novel techniques to communicate with the Star People.
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Ms. Howell is a third-year Biomedical Science major. She is studying mutations in ciliates and the compression of genomic datasets. Her goal is to pursue graduate studies, studying protein expression of rats during declarative memory. Abigail also leads the education outreach group Science Is Fun at ASU to share her research with the community and encourage young women to purse STEM careers.