Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative


Poste Portrait

Dr. George Poste
CASI Co-Director
Chief Scientist
Regents' Professor and Del E. Webb Chair in Health Innovation

1475 N. Scottsdale Rd
SkySong – Suite 361
Scottsdale, AZ 85287-3538
P 480-727-8662
F 480-965-2765
CV (download pdf)

Dr. George Poste is the Del E. Webb Professor of Health Innovation and Chief Scientist, The Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative (CASI) ( at Arizona State University (ASU). 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 (personalized) 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.

He is a Fellow of the U.K. Royal Society, the Royal College of Pathologists and the U.K. Academy of Medicine, a member of the Council for Foreign Relations, and U. S. National Academy of Medicine Board on Global Health. He has served

as a member of the Defense Science Board of the U.S. Department of Defense and currently serves on advisory committees for several U.S. government agencies in defense, intelligence, national security and healthcare.

Van Der Leeuw Portrait

Dr. Sander van der Leeuw

CASI Co-Director
Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Dean, School of Sustainability

800 S Cady Mall
Tempe, Arizona 85287
P 480-965-6214
F 480-965-8087
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Dr. 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, Dr. Van der Leeuw has studied ancient technologies, ancient and modern man-land relationships, and Complex Systems Theory. He has done archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Holland, and France, and conducted ethno-archaeological studies in the Near East, the Philippines and Mexico. Since 1992 he has coordinated a series of interdisciplinary research projects on socio-natural interactions and modern environmental problems. The work spans all the countries along the northern Mediterranean rim. Dr. Van der Leeuw is an External Professor of the Santa Fe Institute and a Corresponding Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. He teaches courses on the ethnography of innovation.

Barker Portrait

Dr. Anna Barker
CASI Co-Director
Professor and Director, Transformative Healthcare Networks

1475 N. Scottsdale Rd
SkySong – Suite 361
Scottsdale, AZ 85287-3538
P 480-884-1630
F 480-965-2765
CV (download pdf)

Dr. Barker, along with Co-Directors Dr. Sander van der Leeuw, and Dr. 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. Dr. Barker led the planning, development and implementation of a number of strategic scientific and advanced technology initiatives and novel partnerships that emphasize innovation, trans-disciplinary teams and convergence of scientific disciplines to enable progress against cancer. These programs also stress the synergy of large scale and individual initiated research, precompetitive research and public databases and translation of discoveries into new interventions to detect, prevent and treat cancer more effectively.

Additional Contacts

Dr. Carolyn Compton, MD, PhD
Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative (CASI)

Chief Medical Officer, National Biomarker Development Alliance
Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

SkySong | 1475 N. Scottsdale Rd, Suite, 361
| Scottsdale, AZ 85257
CV (download pdf)


Dr. Kenneth Buetow, Professor,
Director, Computational Sciences and Informatics, CAS
ISTB-1, 550 East Orange Street, PO Box 874804, Tempe, AZ 85287-4804
P 480-727-9413
F 480-727-0709
CV (download pdf)

Dr. Manfred D. Laubichler,
President's Professor
Director, Evolutionary Theory Core, CAS@ASU
P 480-965 5481
F 480-965 8330

Support Staff

Stephanie Calderone
Executive Assistant to Dr. George Poste


April R. Johnson
Administrative Specialist to Dr. George Poste

Ph: 480.727.8661 | Fax: 480.965.2765 


Kristyn Pineda

Assistant to Dr. Anna Barker

P: 480.884.1632

Ruth Covington
Assistant to Dr. Kenneth Buetow
P 480-965-2228



Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative
1475 N. Scottsdale Rd. | ASU SkySong | Scottsdale, AZ 85257
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