Principal Investigator
Susanne P. Pfeifer  Susanne is a computational biologist, interested in studying evolution. She received a BSc and MSc from the Max-Planck-Institute for Computer Science/Saarland University (Germany) in Computational Molecular Biology in 2007 and 2008, respectively, advised by Thomas Lengauer and Volkhard Helms. Susanne earned her DPhil in Statistics at the University of Oxford in 2013 advised by Gil McVean, working on the statistical challenges involved in the estimation of variation in mutation and recombination rates from high throughput sequencing data, with direct applications to primate population genetics in a collaboration with Molly Przeworski’s Lab at the University of Chicago and Peter Donnelly’s Lab at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford. She went on to do her postdoc work as a Vienna International Postdoctoral Program (VIPS) fellow with Arndt von Haeseler (Center for Integrative Bioinformatics Vienna). As a research associate in the Jensen Lab at EPFL, she focused on the evolution of cryptic coloration in wild populations of mice (in collaboration with the Hoekstra Lab, Harvard) and lizards (in collaboration with the Rosenblum Lab, Berkeley). Susanne founded the Pfeifer Lab as an Assistant Professor in the School of Life Sciences at ASU in 2017. googlescholar   pubmed  


Lucy A.P. Tran – Lucy earned her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan advised by Lacey Knowles. The main focus of her work as a NSF Predoctoral Fellow involved the biotic and abiotic factors influencing diversification of herbivorous mammals. Lucy was a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in the Rosenblum Lab at UC Berkeley, where she was working toward a general understanding of the genotypic-phenotypic axes of divergence during colonization of new environments. Her postdoc work in the Pfeifer Lab focuses upon understanding recombination rate evolution in primates.
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Ph.D. student

Mario A. Apata – Mario earned his BA in Anthropology and MS in Biological Science at the University of Chile, funded by the national Bicentenario and Conicyt scholarships, respectively. His thesis work in the Moraga Lab centered on the genetic and cultural diversity of Chilean populations, with a particular focus on elucidating the selective forces that shaped the genomes of Andean populations historically exposed to arsenic water in the Atacama desert. During his undergraduate studies, he was also a research abroad fellow in Anna Di Rienzo’s Lab at the University of Chicago. Mario will be joining the Pfeifer Lab in August for his Ph.D., funded by a Fulbright-Conicyt BIO scholarship.