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Dr. Joanna Masel

Dr. Joanna Masel

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  • University of Arizona
  • Status: Faculty
  • Department: Math,
  • Will Mentor: Pre-doctoral students

Areas of Expertise

Applied Mathematics,

Research Interests

Evolutionary Biology


Our research asks how evolution works. If you make a random "mutation" to the zeros and ones of a computer program, the probability of improving its function may literally be zero. Yet when the same happens to DNA sequences, biological evolution is possible. We create mathematical models to help explain this phenomenon of evolvability, in the long-standing mathematical tradition of theoretical population genetics. I am an associate professor in the department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and am a member of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDP) in Applied Math and Statistics.