Luke Kosinski, BS, English, 2008, Arizona State University

MCB Program Start:



BS, English, 2008, Arizona State University


Philosophy MA from Louisiana State University 2012,

Master of Biomedical Sciences from Midwestern University 2014

Research Advisor and Department:                                     

Dr. Joanna Masel, EEB

Research Topic:                                                                            

I use statistics and bioinformatics to interrogate genomic sequence data in order to ask questions about protein evolution. Specifically, I ask questions about how new protein sequences are gained, how existing proteins change over time, and the barriers a peptide needs to overcome before it has any hope of being functional. My work is entirely computational with zero wet lab component.

Lab Rotations:

Dr. Michael Hammer
Dr. Joanna Masel
Dr. Eric Lyons

Honors and Awards:

SMBE Young Investigator Travel Award, 2018
NIH-supported T32 training grant for MCB and Biochemistry, August 2014 - May 2016


I listen to, write, and play music.

Guiding Principle:

"Don't panic!"


Kosinski, L. J.; Masel, J., Stop codon readthrough errors purge deleterious cryptic sequences, facilitating the later co-option of non-coding sequences into coding. Manuscript in preparation.
Andreatta, M. E.; Levine, J. A.; Foy, S. G.; Guzman, L. D.; Kosinski, L. J.; Cordes, M. H.; Masel, J., The recent de novo origin of protein C-termini. Genome Biol Evol (2015) 7 (6): 1686 - 1701.