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Sreetharan Kanthaswamy

Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2352
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2352
Assoc Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2352
Biography

Sreetharan Kanthaswamy is an associate professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at Arizona State University's West campus. He is also a Research Geneticist at the California National Primate Research Center, University of California, Davis. His research on primate genetics and genomics is centered on the investigation of anthropogenic and natural forces which shape and structure genetic variation of natural and captive animal populations.

His forensic science research is based on the analyses of traces of blood, saliva and hair collected at crime scenes or from civil cases for DNA-typing. To further forensic science and provide educational opportunities for students, his research aims to establish species-specific STRs, SNPs and mtDNA markers for accurate and precise genetic identification and to enhance population genetics databases for each species. Dr Kanthaswamy provides expert witness testimony on human and animal (veterinary) forensic DNA analysis and casework review. 

Professor Kanthaswamy obtained his bachelor's degree (with honors) and master's degree in genetics at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. He then completed his doctorate at University of California-Davis, and did his postdoctoral research at the University of Iowa-Carver College of Medicine. Prior to joining ASU in 2015, he was a professor at the Environmental Toxicology Department, University of California-Davis and a visiting associate professor at the California State University, Sacramento Environmental Studies Department.

Education
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship. Immunogenetics, University of Iowa Carver School of Medicine 2002
  • Ph.D. Population Genetics, University of California-Davis(2001
  • M.Phil. Population Genetics, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1993
  • B.Sc. Genetics (Honors), University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1990
Research Interests

My expertise is in population, forensic and conservation genetics. My research on primate genetics and genomics is centered on the investigation of anthropogenic and natural forces which shape and structure genetic variation of natural and captive animal populations.  My forensic science research is based on the analyses of traces of human and animal blood, saliva and hair collected at crime scenes or from civil cases for DNA-typing. To further animal forensic science and provide educational opportunities for students, my research aims to establish species-specific genetic markers for accurate and precise identification and to enhance our population genetics database for each species. I also provide expert witness testimony on animal/veterinary forensic DNA analysis and casework review. My focus on the cellular/molecular aspects of conservation biology, biodiversity protection and environmental sustainability is fueled by my experience in wetland protection and genetic management. I constantly integrate policy issues into my research and community services and incorporate new research findings from my laboratory into my teaching.

Research Group

Please visit my lab website for a list of current and past lab members:

https://asu.edu/kanthaswamy-dna-lab/lab-members

Publications

Please visit my lab website for the status of submitted or new publications:

https://asu.edu/kanthaswamy-dna-lab/our-papers

Research Activity

Please visit my lab website for a description of my current research activity:

  • Forensic Science Research

https://asu.edu/kanthaswamy-dna-lab/research/forensic-research

  • Human Genetics Research

https://asu.edu/kanthaswamy-dna-lab/research/human-research

  • Non-human Primate Genetics Research

https://asu.edu/kanthaswamy-dna-lab/research/primate-research

 

 

Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 484Internship
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 484Internship
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 394Special Topics
LSC 492Honors Directed Study
FOR 493Honors Thesis
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LSC 394Special Topics
FOR 394Special Topics
FOR 402Forensic Biology
FOR 492Honors Directed Study
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 484Internship
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 182General Biology II
FOR 493Honors Thesis
LSC 494Special Topics
FOR 494Special Topics
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 394Special Topics
FOR 493Honors Thesis
FOR 494Special Topics
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 181General Biology I
FOR 484Internship
FOR 492Honors Directed Study
FOR 493Honors Thesis
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
Professional Associations
  • International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG);
  • NIH National Non-Human Primate Genetic and Genomic Analysis Working Group;
  • NIH National Non-Human Primate DNA Bank Working Group;
  • Provisional Member, California Association of Criminalists

 

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History
  • Professional Science Master’s Degree in Forensic Science, ASU (2018 to present)
  • Master in Biological Data Sciences, ASU (2018 to present)
  • ASU Barrett Honors Faculty (2015 to present)
  • Biology and Evolution, School of Letters and Science (SOLS), ASU (2015- present)
  • Forensic Science Graduate, UC Davis (2003 to present)
  • Animal Behavior Graduate Group (ABGG), UC Davis, 2003-2015
  •  Wildlife Health Center, UC Davis, 2003-2015
  •  MS Graduate Program in Animal Biology, Animal Sciences Department, UC Davis, 2003-2015
  • Genetics Graduate Group, UC Davis (2003-2015)
Work History

2015    
Associate Professor, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences,
Research Geneticist, California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC), University of California, Davis (UC Davis)

2014-15   
Adjunct Professor, ETX, UC Davis
Research Geneticist, CNPRC, UC Davis

2010-14   
Associate Adjunct Professor, ETX, UC Davis
Associate Research Geneticist, CNPRC, UC Davis

2003-05   
Assistant Research Geneticist, CNPRC, UC Davis
Associate Director of Forensic Science and Director of Forensic Science Laboratory, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), UC Davis

2002-03   
Research Health Science Specialist, Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)
NIH-NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Service
  • Journal of Animal Genetics Editorial Board (2010 to present)
  • Research Project Reviewer, National Science Center Poland (NCN), 2019
  • NIH Peer Review Panel: ZRG1 VH-N (70) R Large Animal Testing Centers for Evaluation of Somatic Cell Genome Editing Tools (U42), 2018
  • Research Project Reviewer, Austrian Science Fund (FWF), 2018
  • NIH Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group 2018/05 ZRG1 GGG-K (50) R, PAR-16-369: Resource-Related Research Projects for Development of Animal Models and Related Materials (R24)
  • NIH Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group 2016/10 ZRG1 AARR-J (51) R, PAR-14-006: SPF Macaque Colonies Study Section, 2016
  • NIH 2015/10 ZRG1 BBBP-Y (45) RFA Panel: Animal/Biological Resource Facilities Study Section (Scientific Review Group, SRG), 2015
  • US Department of Justice – Office of Justice Program. NIJ Peer Review Graduate Research Fellowship. Lead Technical Reviewer (Panel: 4-ContrSubs), Solicitation short title: NIJFY15GRF-STEM, 2015
  • US Department of Justice – Office of Justice Program Study Section, 2011
  • Scientific Executive Committee of The Leakey Foundation, 2011
  • National Institute of Justice DNA Grantee Final Report titled: Mitochondrial DNA Reference Database Domestic Dog (Grant number 2004-DN-BX-K004), 2008.
  • California Crime Laboratory Directors Association (CACLD), 2004-08
  • Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science (SDE/GWIS) Fellowships, The Research Foundation, the State University of New York, Office of Sponsored Programs, Stony Brook, NY, 2007
  • Ad hoc reviewer:

    American Journal of Physical Anthropology
    American Journal of Primatology    
    Animal Genetics              
    Applied Animal Welfare Science    
    Bioinformatics
    BMC Genetics        
    Comparative Medicine        
    Conservation Genetics        
    European Journal of Wildlife Research (EJWR)
    Forensic Science International – Genetics
    Frontiers in Zoology.        
    Immunogenetics
    Institute of Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR)
    International Journal of Primatology    
    Investigative Genetics          
    Journal of Forensic Science.        
    Journal of Human Evolution        
    Molecular Ecology        
    Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
    Nucleic Acids Research        
    PLoS ONE            
    Primates             
    Zoological Research