Chase Nelson is a Gerstner Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology at the American Museum of Natural History and a Visiting Scholar at New York University in New York City. His doctoral research under Austin L. Hughes focused on within-host viral evolution, culminating in the computational tool SNPGenie. Current research includes the evolution and immunogenetics of human papillomavirus carcinogenicity and orthology determination. Outside of science and writing, Nelson is a musician, aspiring dancer, and LGBT activist.


  • The Obstetrical Dilemma

    Exploring the debate over human infant helplessness.

    ( Biology / Short Notes / Volume 2, Issue 4 )

  • Austin L. Hughes

    The Neutral Theory of Evolution

    On his work on mutations in neutral and adaptive evolution.

    ( Biology / Biography / Volume 2, Issue 2 )

  • Haldane’s Dilemma

    Problematic limits to the rate of evolutionary change.

    ( Biology / Review Essay / Volume 1, Issue 3 )