Carlos D. Bustamante is a population geneticist
who studies patterns of genetic variation among human populations
and other species to address fundamental questions in biology,
evolution and medicine. His research projects include creating maps
that pinpoint rapidly evolving genes; sequencing and analyzing
genomes at fine scale; and identifying genomic regions responsible
for differences in dog breeds, which could serve as model systems
for understanding human genetic variation.
In his current studies, Bustamante applies mathematical
innovation to population history and genomic data from ethnically
and racially diverse groups. His goal is to determine how rare
genetic variants and population admixture may affect complex traits
such as disease susceptibility. This research is advancing
understanding of the dynamics of the human genome and the
applications of population genomics to biomedicine.
Bustamante is a professor in the department of genetics at the
Stanford University School of Medicine. He also holds a courtesy
appointment in the university's department of biology.
He received a B.A. in biology in 1997, an M.S. in statistics in
2001 and a Ph.D. in biology in 2001, all from Harvard University.
He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford in
His awards include a Sloan Research Fellowship and a MacArthur
NIGMS has supported Bustamante's research since 2007.