CASI Co-Director Chief Scientist Regents Professor and Del E. Webb Chair in Health Innovation
George Poste is the Del E. Webb Professor of Health Innovation and Chief Scientist at The Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative at Arizona State University. This program integrates research in genomics, synthetic biology and high performance computing to study the altered regulation of molecular networks in human diseases to develop new diagnostic tests for precision medicine and the remote monitoring of health status using miniaturized body sensors and mobile devices. He assumed this post in 2009. From 2003 to 2009 he directed and built The Biodesign Institute at ASU.
CASI Co-Director Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change Dean, School of Sustainability
Sander van der Leeuw’s work focuses on the role of invention and innovation in society. He and his research team investigate how invention occurs, what the preconditions are, how the context influences it, and its role in society. An archaeologist and historian by training, Professor van der Leeuw has studied ancient technologies, ancient and modern man-land relationships, and complex systems theory.
Distinguish Visiting Fellow, Complex Adaptive Systems
Anna Barker, along with Co-Directors Sander van der Leeuw, and George Poste, will launch new research in CAS-Knowledge Networks and a workshop series on Complex Adaptive Systems. Dr. Barker served as the Deputy Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and as the NCI’s Deputy Director for Strategic Scientific Initiatives from 2002 until her retirement in August, 2010. She was a member of the NCI’s Executive Committee and participated in all aspects of strategic planning, decision making and program implementation to achieve the NCI’s mission.