Andrew Sackman

DSC_0481I am an evolutionary geneticist working as a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Jeffrey Jensen at the Center for Evolution and Medicine at Arizona State University.

I study the genetics of adaptation with a focus on the mechanisms by which epistasis, pleiotropy, and the underlying distribution of fitness effects (DFE) determine the properties of adaptive walks. In the lab, I experimentally evolve microvirid bacteriophages to explore the properties and limits of adaptation. My current work as a postdoc focuses on the development of new methods for inferring population genetic parameters from time-series polymorphism data that are applicable to viruses and other organisms with highly skewed offspring distributions, for the purpose of analyzing population genomic data from experimentally evolved populations.