Asher D Cutter

Associate Professor Cutter

Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Undergraduate

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology 
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh (2004-2006)
Ph.D., Deptartment of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona (2004)
B.Sc., Biology & Environmental Studies, Tufts University (1997)
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Phone: 416-978-4602
Lab Phone: 416-978-6731
Office: ESC 2052
Lab: ESC 2050

Research Areas:
Genetics, Genomics & Molecular Evolution;
Theoretical & Computational Biology

Study Organisms: Animals Model Organisms


In the Cutter lab, we study the genetic basis of evolutionary change. We are particularly interested in heritable changes through time with causes that are at the interface of natural selection and non-adaptive evolutionary forces. Our research centers on 4 broad themes: Population genomics and genome evolution, speciation genetics, the genetic basis of natural phenotypic variation, and the causes and consequences of breeding system evolution. We integrate computational, molecular, theoretical and experimental approaches in addressing these topics in a population genetic and molecular evolutionary framework.

Much of the research in the Cutter lab concentrates on the bacterivorous nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and its relatives as a model. The variation in breeding system among Caenorhabditis species coupled with C. elegans' history as a model organism for genetics, genomics and development provides a powerful system for informing our understanding of the evolutionary process.