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Sreetharan Kanthaswamy

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

Sreetharan Kanthaswamy is an associate professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at ASU's West campus. He is also an affiliate geneticist with 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. 

Professor Kanthaswamy obtained his B.S. (Honors) and M.Phil. in genetics at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. He then completed his doctorate at University of California-Davis, and did my 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. Hons, Genetics, 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.

Publications

Recent Publications:

Kanthaswamy S, Jillian Ng, Robert F. Oldt, Kathrine Phillippi-Falkenstein and H. Michael Kubisch (2017). SNP based genetic characterization of the Tulane National Primate Research Center’s (TNPRC) conventional and specific pathogen-free (SPF) Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta) populations. Journal of Medical Primatology (DOI) - 10.1111/jmp.12284.

 

Xinjun Zhang, Yuhuan Meng, Paul Houghton, Mingyu Liu, Kanthaswamy S, Robert Oldt, Jillian Ng, Jessica Satkoski Trask, Ren Huang, Balbir Singh, Hongli Du and David Glenn Smith (2017). Ancestry and rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) admixture in cynomolgus macaques (Macaca fascicularis) bred for export in Chinese breeding farms. Journal of Medical Primatology. 46(2):31-41. doi: 10.1111/jmp.12256.

 

Frank R Wendt, Jonathan L King, Nicole MM Novroski, Jennifer D Churchill, Jillian Ng, Robert F Oldt, Kelly L McCulloh, Jessica A Weise and David Glenn Smith, Kanthaswamy S, Bruce Budowle (2017) Flanking Region Variation of ForenSeq™ DNA Signature Prep Kit STR and SNP Loci in Yavapai Native Americans. Forensic Science International: Genetics 28 (2017) 146–154.

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LSC 347Fundamentals of Genetics
FOR 402Forensic Biology
LSC 492Honors Directed Study
FOR 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 484Internship
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LSC 480Adv Topics Hum For DNA Typing
FOR 480Adv Topics Hum For DNA Typing
LSC 492Honors Directed Study
FOR 493Honors Thesis
BIO 493Honors Thesis
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LSC 347Fundamentals of Genetics
FOR 402Forensic Biology
FOR 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
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