To help clarify the complicated relationship between genotype and phenotype, I study aspects of the epigenome, which bridges the gap between the environment and DNA. In particular, my research explores primate skeletal epigenetics.
Who Am I?
I am a doctoral graduate student in the Evolutionary Anthropology program in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University and a member of Dr. Anne C. Stone’s Molecular Anthropology Laboratory.
I am broadly interested in primate genetics and epigenetics, complex trait evolution, and skeletal development and maintenance.
My dissertation focuses on understanding how epigenetic changes contribute to skeletal differences within and among primates. Specifically, I am identifying and assessing intra- and inter-specific variation in primate skeletal tissue DNA methylation in order to test whether specific features of skeletal form are related to specific variations in DNA methylation patterns.
I was born in Massachusetts but spent the first part of my childhood gradually moving from the East Coast to the Midwest. I finished growing up in Indiana and was ignorant of evolutionary ideas. I made my way back east for college at Boston University where I was immersed in these scientific concepts and discovered how complicated the connection between molecular- and macro-evolution is. Now, I find myself in the deep west of Arizona for graduate school, attempting to unlock these epigenetic mysteries. Who knows where my next adventure will lead me...