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Dr. Sterner joined the Department of Anthropology in the Fall of 2011. The primary focus of Dr. Sterner’s research is to understand the genetic basis of distinctive human traits. As a molecular anthropologist, she uses a combination of comparative genomics and molecular biology to address questions about primate evolution and human biology, health and disease. Dr. Sterner has ongoing interests in human brain evolution and primate adaptation to SIV infection. Dr. Sterner co-directs the molecular anthropology lab in the Anthropology Department. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the American Association of University Women.

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Lab Location: Center for Medical Education and Research, Room 305