David Enard

Assistant Professor

Positions and Education: 

  • Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2018-present
  • Assistant Professor, Genetics – GIDP, University of Arizona, 2018-present (Joint/Courtesy Appointment)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Genomics, Stanford University, 2011- 2018
  • Ph.D. (w/ Honors), Evolutionary Genomics, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, 2010
  • Masters (w/ Honors), Molecular and Cellular Biology, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, 2006
  • Licence (w/ Honors), Molecular and Cellular Biology, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, 2004

Honors and Awards: 

  • Early Career Scholar Award, University of Arizona, 2022
  • Associate Editor, Genome Biology and Evolution (open access society journal of the SMBE), 2019-present

Research Interests: 

The Enard lab studies ancient epidemics through the lens of host genomic adaptation and develops new methods to better quantify genomic adaptation in general. We examine the intersection of quantitative evolutionary genomics and environmental and ecological contexts to give a broader understanding to recent developments in the field, focusing specifically on the interplay between diseases and adaptation. We do this by leveraging the power of genome-wide approaches to study the role of natural selection in the evolution of infectious diseases in humans and other mammals. This research program is articulated around two main axes: (I) the development of novel methods to quantify adaptation genome-wide and (II) the identification of the ecological causes of adaptation particularly within the study of ancient epidemics.