Assistant Professor of Anthropology
I’m a third-year doctoral student using ancient DNA and computer modeling to study geographically isolated hominids, human extremophiles, and the phenomenon of ‘niche construction.’ My research focuses on the inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego and has three major themes: (1) prehistoric population movements across the Andes, (2) adaptive introgression, and (3) the role of climate change in driving biological and cultural evolution. Broadly, my interests are gene-culture co-evolution, the conservation applications of genome editing, and the refinement of experimental and laboratory approaches to bioarchaeology.
Abagail is a PhD candidate, currently in her fifth year. She received two undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan, one in Anthropology and the other in Microbiology. Her genetic research focuses on human adaptation to infectious disease pressures, especially malaria.
Ainash is a fourth-year graduate student in the Biological Anthropology. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Anthropology and Molecular and Cellular Biology. Past research experience includes Forensic Archaeology, Cancer Biochemistry, and Epigenetics, specifically measuring DNA methylation in stress-related genes. Current interests are Human Evolutionary Genetics, Telomere studies, and Epigenetics.
Paloma is a first-year graduate student in Biological Anthropology.
Hello! I’m Obed, a sixth-year anthropology graduate student. Broadly stated, my interests lie at exploring how our human history influences our genome that may make us more or less susceptible to modern infectious diseases. Applying frameworks from evolutionary theory will help us better understand current issues of health and disease while simultaneously providing us a glimpse of our evolutionary past. Currently, I am working with Mesoamerican populations to detect signatures of natural selection in immune response genes. I will genotype markers found to have unique signatures in a cohort of participants infected with Dengue virus to assess whether there is an association with clinical manifestations and variability due to infection.
I’m Liz. I am a third-year Ph.D. student in Biological Anthropology. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in Anthropology and Archaeology. My past research experience includes genotype-phenotype associations in pigmentary traits in admixed human populations in the U.S., and assessing the role of evolutionary convergence of dark skin pigmentation in Island Melanesian and African populations. My current research interests include natural selection in human populations and infectious disease resistance.
Undergraduate student and research technician
Graduate student at Wayne State University
Medical Student at Wayne State university