About the EvMedNetwork

The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health maintains a searchable sortable list of over 500 people who work in areas at the interface of evolution and medicine/public health.   The purpose is to facilitate contact among those with shared interests.  If, for instance, you are giving a talk in London, you can quickly find out people there who shares your interests.

If your research or teaching is focused in an area related to evolution and medicine and you would like to make it possible for others to find you please add your information to the list. It will take under a minute.

To change your information, just fill in the form again; older duplicate listings will be removed. If you want to remove your name completely, submit a new listing with “remove” in the “University or Company” field.

This list was updated and expanded in March, 2014 by Deryc Painter, Graduate Student, Center for Biology and Society, ASU deryc.painter@asu.edu using the methods described below.

Beginning with a list of self-identified medical professionals and research academics interested in taking an evolutionary perspective to human health, I began investigating opportunities to add people in the hopes of creating a more complete list of individuals concerned with evolutionary medicine.  Beginning with recent textbooks on evolutionary medicine, I began adding contributing authors and cited references to the list.  (Trevathan 1999, Stearns 1999, Perlman 2013)  In 2010, the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a supplement primarily concerned with evolutionary medicine; these authors were also added to the list.  I chose to include authors featured in the references from Steve Stearns’ paper “Evolutionary Medicine: its scope, interest, and potential.”  Lastly, removing duplicate entries and deceased individuals left a more complete list for anyone curious about individuals involved with evolutionary medicine.

Trevathan, W. R., Smith, E. O. & McKenna, J. J. 1999 Evolutionary medicine and health. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Stearns, S. C. 1999 Evolution in Health and Disease. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Perlman, R. L. 2013 Evolution and Medicine. New York, NY: Oxford University Press
Stearns, S. C. 2013.  Evolutionary Medicine: its scope, interest, and potential.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B. online  doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.1326


  1. Andrew J. Luk, MD, MPH
    September 19, 2008    

    I am interested in the major histocompatibility complex gene HLA-B27 and why it is associated with the autoimmune disease ankylosing spondylitis and related disorders. The geographic distribution of HLA-B27 in human populations is very strongly skewed towards the higher latitudes, and it is particularly prevalent amongst indigenous peoples living on both sides of the Bering Strait, and I suspect that the gene underwent strong selective pressure as humans migrated out of Africa and into the New World. I am looking for collaborators with more experience in genetic epidemiology and evolutionary biology than I do in order to attempt to explain this striking biogeographical puzzle.

  2. Jack Baker
    October 11, 2012    

    My specific research has been in the evolution and ecology of body composition, which obviously is related to a great many health conditions with famously-contemplated evolutionary origins. My general interests are in human biology, demography, and evolutionary medicine. I am currently developing an online course in evolutionary medicine to be offered beginning in Spring, 2013 at the University of New Mexico.

  3. Panagiotis Misthos
    January 8, 2014    

    I am interested in whether psychiatric medications together with the availability of information currently facilitated by the world wide web contribute to the augmentation of the human brain thus resulting in the artificial evolution of mankind by a nature nurture mechanism.

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