Christina Bergey

I am currently a post-doc in the Department of Anthropology at Penn State University with Dr. George Perry. My research aims to understand the dynamics of genomic evolution in the face of gene flow and natural selection, and the impact of behavioral, ecological, and anthropogenic factors. I use population genomics and bioinformatic techniques to study biomedically relevant adaptations, mainly in humans, vectors of human diseases, and our primate relatives. Previously, after receiving my Ph.D. from New York University, I served as a post-doctoral researcher with Dr. Nora Besansky at Notre Dame, working on mosquito population genetics.

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My current major project uses genomic techniques to investigate human adaptations to life in the rainforests of Africa, including the evolution of small body size (the 'pygmy' phenotype) in rainforest hunter-gatherers.