B.A., Anthropology, Special Honors Curriculum; minor French Language, CUNY-Hunter College (2014)
Biological Anthropology (Advisor: Kirsten Sterner)
Elisabeth is a PhD student in the biological anthropology program. Her research focuses on divergent evolution of the human and African monkey immune system in response to retroviral infection, specifically Human and Simian Immunodeficiency Viruses(HIV/SIV). Her goal is to investigate the molecular mechanisms that underlie resistance to immunodeficiency disease in African monkeys. She also works as part of the World Health Organization (WHO) Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE:http://www.who.int/healthinfo/sage/en/) and is currently collaborating on a project that will examine telomere length, a genetic biomarker of health and age, in capillary and venous blood and saliva samples from 200-300 Eugene residents to determine in length remains consistent across fluid type samples. Other research interests include: primate immune system evolution, pathogenesis progression and consequences of retroviral infection, and, microbiome and health.