I am a PhD Candidate in Biological Anthropology and graduate fellow for the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the University of Washington (UW). Alongside my academic positions, I work as a Research Associate at Casimir where I help utilize qualitative data in research on rare diseases and disorders.
My personal research centers on the interactions of psychosocial stress and human biology. Specifically, my dissertation project examines whether physical activity modifies the relationships between psychosocial stress, immune function, and cellular aging. These relationships are posited to connect psychosocial stress to a range of negative health outcomes, including mental health disorders, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s Disease. Uncovering how physical activity modifies these relationships could offer a better understanding of how psychosocial stress impacts health across the US and globally as well as what roles stress played throughout human evolution.
Relatedly, I have also worked on research teams investigating global mental health methodologies, associations with mental health and biology both inside and outside the US, connections between genotype and health, and the anthropology of sports. I am also very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on a couple projects focused on improving equity in STEM fields, and I plan to continue to center equity in both my research and professional service.