Dr. Nate Sutter
Office Rm# 225
Research Lab Rm# 102
Phone Extension: 2107
Dr. Sutter joined the Biology Department faculty in 2013.
Dr. Sutter earned a B. S. degree in Biology from La Sierra University in 1994. He completed a Ph.D. in Genetics in 2001 from the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. In 2007 he completed his post-doctoral research training with Dr. Elaine Ostrander at the National Human Genome Research Institute, one of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to accepting a position at La Sierra University in 2013 he was an Assistant Professor of Medical Genetics at Cornell University.
Current Research Interests
The Sutter lab investigates the genetic basis of evolutionary and phenotypic change in domestic mammals. Our broad goal is to understand how evolutionary forces, intense selection, drift and draft have altered the genomes of domestic mammal species and created a rich diversity in many complex traits such as body size and shape. For example, why do some dogs weigh two pounds while others weigh 200 pounds? To address these questions we have, with our collaborators, mapped quantitative trait loci contributing to size variation in both dogs and horses. We are also presently hunting for genes controlling rabbit body size variation. In a second series of experiments, we aim to characterize at genome scale the short interspersed elements (SINEs) resident in the genomes of dogs, horses and rabbits. We hypothesize that these “genome parasites” provide functional genetic variation upon which intense selection can act to enable rapid alteration in complex traits like size.
Dr. Sutter teaches General Biology 111, Genetics and Bioinformatics.
Membership and Affiliations
Dr. Sutter collaborates with laboratories at Cornell University and elsewhere.