• Who Are We?

    We come from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

  • The Maley Lab is made up of microbiologists, computer scientists, evolutionary biologists, artists, research technologists, and geneticists. We explore the evolution of cancer using a variety of tools, techniques, and transdisciplinary ways of thinking.

    Dr. Carlo Maley

    Lab Director

    Prof. Maley received his Ph.D. from MIT in computer science (computational biology) in 1998 working with Rodney Brooks and Michael Donoghue (at Harvard at the time), his M.Sc. Zoology (evolutionary theory) from University of Oxford in 1993 working with W.D. Hamilton, and his B.A. in computer science and psychology from Oberlin College in 1991. He completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of New Mexico (1998-2000) working with Stephanie Forrest, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (2000-2005) where he was a staff scientist working with Brian Reid. He went on to hold faculty positions at the Wistar Institute (2005-2010) and the University of California San Francisco (2010-2015) before joining Arizona State University in 2015.

    Prof. Maley is a cancer biologist, evolutionary biologist and computational biologist, working at the intersection of those fields. His lab uses genomic data mining, phylogenetics, computational modeling, as well as wet lab techniques to develop better methods to prevent cancer and improve cancer management.



    Dr. Angelo Fortunato

    Assistant Research Professor



    Dr. Angelo Fortunato’s research focuses on cancer evolution, cancer biology, evolutionary biology and molecular genetics. He is working on human cancer and development of novel model organisms in cancer. He received his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Rice University, Houston, Texas, and a second Ph.D. in Experimental and Clinical Oncology, from University of Florence, Italy.





    Dr. Marc Tollis

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Marc Tollis is an evolutionary biologist using statistical genetics, bioinformatics and field work to investigate the evolution of cancer suppression across mammals




    Dr. Diego Mallo

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Diego Mallo's interests include cancer phylognetics, evolutionary biology, and mathematical computation



    Shrinath Narayanan

    Associate Research Volunteer

    Shrinath is a research volunteer in the lab. He has an undergraduate degree (B.Tech) in Biotechnology from Anna University. He received a master degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from University of Texas at Dallas. He has been trained as a molecular biologist. During his masters, he worked with Dr.Nikki Delk on examining the effects of cytokines on breast cancer cells with respect to its receptor status. Since then, he has started to develop a strong interest in the evolutionary perspectives of cancer development and muticellularity. Currently, he is working with Dr Maley on developing a model to assess therapeutic resistance in cancer.

    Valerie Harris

    PhD Student

    Valerie's work focuses in on comparative oncology, which aims to compare the rates, incidence and etiology of cancers across animals and throughout the Tree of Life. She is primarily interested in studying the incidence of cancer in wild-caught flighted animals: bats and birds. In addition to gaining valuable insights into the incidence of cancer in wild, natural populations of animals, she hopes that her work can be translated into a One-Health perspective, a concept that closely ties the health of wild animals and humans to the ecosystems that we share. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Biology in 2014 from Arizona State University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Biological Design.




    Pamela Winfrey

    Scientific Research Curator

    Pamela Winfrey specializes in art/science exhibitions, programs, residencies, and artworks. She has been the lead curator in emerging art forms for Creative Capital, represented the United States on the interactive arts panel at Ars Electronica in Linz, and worked for many years at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. She just finished a book on Marconi and is beginning a book about Palladio. She is also a playwright and screenwriter.



    Aika Schneider-Utaka

    Undergrad Research Assistant

    Aika is currently working with an evolutionary approach of the molecular analysis of tumor suppressor genes in placental mammals.

    Shawn Rupp, M.S.


    Shawn is an evolutionary biologist and bioinformatician specializing in making software for streamlining and expanding genomic and metagenomic analysis.

    Adam Smith

    Undergrad Research Assistant

    Currently working on Carlo's cell lineage project in which we're working on methods to track cells' development and changes as it goes from "normal" to cancerous; leading to the possibility of using the tracking method in all sorts of applications.