Office: Life Sciences E, room 417
Office phone: (480) 727-6310
Fax: (480) 965-7671
Main Lab: Life Sciences E, Room 432
Lab phone: (480) 727-6594
As an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, my specialization and main area of interest is anthropological genetics. In particular, I am working on applications of population genetics to questions concerning the origins, population history and evolution of humans and the great apes. At present, my research examines the biological history of Native Americans, both ancient and modern, with a current focus on native Peruvian populations. The research on modern Peruvian population variation is in collaboration with Dr. Beatriz Lizarraga at San Marcos University and Dr. Veronica Rubin de Celis at Ricardo Palma University in Lima. I am also interested in the evolution and genetic diversity of the genus Pan, which includes chimpanzees and bonobos. This research includes investigating genetic variation using mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome sequences, as well as autosomal markers to understand population history. In addition, Dr. Brian Verrelli and I are also investigating patterns of recombination and adaptive evolution in Pan. Finally, I am examining the phylogeny and evolution of Mycobacteria, particularly tuberculosis in both modern and ancient contexts in collaboration with Dr. Alicia Wilbur and Dr. Jane Buikstra, and investigating the genetic susceptibility to tuberculosis in native South Americans with Dr. Alicia Wilbur and Dr. Magdalena Hurtado.
Fall 2007 Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-5:00
In case you were wondering...
What is DNA?
What is Mitochondrial DNA?
What about Neandertal DNA?