WHERE PRIMATES CHANGED MY VIEW OF LIFE AND SCIENCE
As a sophomore in college I took an introductory course in biological anthropology in which I learned about the diverse array of human and non-human primate research being conducted in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon (UO). I immediately fell in love with the field and sought involvement in the department's research. Under the suggestion of Dr. Nelson Ting I joined the Primate Osteology Lab. With Dr. Frances White as an advisor, I helped develop a method to calculate finger length ratios on primates. A year later I took an evolutionary genomics course with Dr. Kirstin Sterner and became interested in how primate immune systems respond to viral infection. Shortly after I joined the Molecular Anthropology Group and I’m currently a member of the Sterner Lab.