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Discovering Evolutionary Explanations for Disease

The Center for Evolution & Medicine supports interdisciplinary research by bridging the many different disciplines (e.g. infectious disease, genetics, clinical medicine, veterinary medicine, anthropology, psychology, etc.) where relevant research takes place. Research at the Center demonstrates the power of evolutionary biology to address problems in medicine and public health.

  • ASU will recruit 8 new faculty researchers for the Center in the next 3 years to augment existing expertise at ASU and the Mayo Clinic.

  • Priority areas include cancer, preventing antibiotic resistance, the microbiome, evolutionary genetics, and diseases of modern environments.

  • Some Center sponsored research is about human disease, but other projects are about disease in other species, or about basic questions such as the origins of mechanisms that control mutation rates.