I am an NIH-funded post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Penn State University. My research aims to understand how organisms adapt to their environment with a focus on the evolution of complex, polygenic traits. To do so, I use population, evolutionary, and functional genomic approaches to understand the effects of past selection on modern medically-relevant phenotypes, testing evolutionary hypotheses in humans, non-human primates, and disease vectors. More broadly, I want to understand how ecological, behavioral, cultural, or anthropogenic factors impact adaptive evolution.

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My current major project uses genomic techniques to investigate human adaptations to life in the rainforests of Africa, including the evolution of small body size (the “pygmy” phenotype) in rainforest hunter-gatherers. Previously, after receiving my Ph.D. from New York University, I served as a post-doctoral researcher with Dr. Nora Besansky at Notre Dame, working on mosquito population genetics.