Dr. Kenro Kusumi, PhD head shot

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College of Medicine Phx Basic Medical Sciences

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  • Hitchings-Elion Fellow of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund: National Institute for Medical Research, MRC, UK, 1998 – 2000.
  • PhD: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997.


  • Tollis M, DeNardo DF, Cornelius JA, Edwards T, Murphy RW, Kusumi K. The Agassiz’s desert tortoise genome provides a resource for the conservation of a threatened species. PLOS ONE. 2017 12(5): e0177708. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0177708
  • Rupp S, Webster TH, Olney KC, Hutchins ED, Kusumi K, Wilson Sayres MA. Evolution of dosage compensation in Anolis carolinensis, a reptile with XX/XY chromosomal sex determination. Genome Biol Evol. 2016 evw263. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evw263
  • Djordjevic D, Kusumi K, Ho JWK. XGSA: a statistical method for cross-species gene set analysis. Bioinformatics. 2016 32(17): i620-i628. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btw428
  • Hutchins ED, Eckalbar WL, Wolter JM, Mangone M, Kusumi K. Differential expression of conserved and novel microRNAs during tail regeneration in the lizard Anolis carolinensis. BMC Genomics. 2016.
  • Edwards T, Tollis M, Hsieh P-H, Gutenkunst RN, Liu Z, Kusumi K, Culver M, Murphy RW. Assessing models of speciation under different biogeographic scenarios: an empirical study using multi-locus and RNA-seq analyses. Ecol Evol. 2016 doi: 10.1002/ece3.1865

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Research Interests

Regeneration, genomics, development

Research Summary

Research of the Kusumi Lab focuses on using genomic technologies to address biomedical and environmental challenges. A major focus of the lab is identifying the conserved genetic pathways regulating regeneration, through studying the ability of reptiles and amphibian to regrow appendages and complex tissues including the spinal cord, cartilage, blood vessels and muscle. The laboratory also focuses on the interplay between genes and environment in developmental disorders such as scoliosis. Recently, his group and ASU colleagues have used next-generation genomic technologies to advance conservation efforts for the Mojave desert tortoise, a hallmark species of the southwest that is threatened with habitat loss and disease.