Executive Co-Director

  • Pascal Gagneux, Professor of Pathology and Anthropology, UC San Diego


  • Katerina Semendeferi, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Laboratory for Human Comparative Neuroanatomy; Co-Director, UCSD Archealization Center (ArchC), UC San Diego
  • Gerald F. Joyce, President and Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Associate Directors

  • Rachel Mayberry, Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Laboratory for Multi-Modal Language Development, UC San Diego
  • Alysson R. Muotri, Professor of Pediatrics and Cellular and Molecular Medicine; Director, UCSD Stem Cell Program; Co-Director, UCSD Archealization Center (ArchC), UC San Diego

Internal Advisors

  • Robert Kluender, Professor of Linguistics, UC San Diego
  • Carol Marchetto, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UC San Diego; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

External Advisors

  • Alyssa Crittenden, Vice Provost for Graduate Education; Dean of the Graduate College; Professor of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Evan Eichler, HHMI Principal Investigator; Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington
  • Daniel Geschwind, Gordon and Virginia Macdonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics, Neurology, and Psychiatry; Senior Associate Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor of Precision Health, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment; Director, Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University
  • Joseph Henrich, Ruth Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
  • Terry Sejnowski, Professor and Laboratory Head, Computational Neurobiology Laboratory; Francis Crick Chair; Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • Anne Stone, Regents Professor and Associate Director, Center for Evolution & Medicine; School of Human Evolution and Social Change; Arizona State University
  • Sarah Tishkoff, David and Lyn Silfen University Professor in Genetics and Biology; Director, Penn Center for Global Genomics and Health Equity, University of Pennsylvania


Management Services Officer

CyberInfrastructure Lead

Program Coordinator


CARTA leadership transitioned on July 1, 2022

Founding Co-Director (2008 - 2022)

  • Ajit Varki, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, UC San Diego, and Adjunct Professor, The Salk Institute

Emeriti Co-Directors (2008 - 2022)

Emeritus Associate Director (2008 - 2022)

  • Pascal Gagneux, Professor of Pathology and Anthropology, UC San Diego

Emeriti Internal Advisors (2008 - 2022)

Emeriti External Advisors (2008 - 2022)

  • Derek Denton, Founding Director, Howard Florey Institute, University of Melbourne
  • Kristen Hawkes, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of Utah
  • Sarah B. Hrdy, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, University of California, Davis
  • Jon Kaas, Distinguished Centennial Professor of Psychology, Vanderbilt University
  • Svante Pääbo, Director, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
  • Bernard Wood, University Professor of Human Origins and Professor of Evolutionary Anatomy, George Washington University