Kirstin N. Sterner

Associate Professor - Department of Anthropology
Associated Faculty - Institute of Ecology and Evolution

Anthro Office: 352 Condon Hall
Anthro Office Phone: 541-346-8614
Lab Office: 10A Pacific Hall
Lab Office Phone: 541-346-8877
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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Molecular Medicine & Genetics at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine (2009 – 2011)
Ph.D. Anthropology, New York University (2009)

Areas of Specialization
molecular anthropology; primate evolutionary genomics; transcriptomics; epigenomics; genotype-phenotype connections; primate adaptation; ancestral gene resurrection; innate immunity; simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV); human brain evolution; aging and aging-related diseases; molecular phylogenetics

Research Interests

My long-term research goal is to better understand how genes and environment interact to shape distinctive primate adaptations and phenotypes. I am particularly interested in the role regulatory variation plays in human traits and diseases and how evolution has shaped these regions of the genome. To study this, I use a combination of genomics (broadly defined) and more experimental approaches to generate and test evolutionary hypotheses.

Courses and Teaching Schedule
As a molecular anthropologist my courses use the principles of evolutionary theory and molecular genetics to examine the biology and origin of our species. I teach the following courses at the UO: Molecular Me FIG (ANTH 199), Introduction to Molecular Anthropology (ANTH 199), Introduction to Biological Anthropology (ANTH 270), Genomes & Anthropology (ANTH 376), Advanced Evolutionary Medicine (ANTH 459/559), Evolutionary Theory (ANTH 468/568), Bioanthropology Methods (ANTH 487/587), and Graduate Seminar in Molecular Anthropology (ANTH 610).

Winter 2023
Genomics and Anthropology (ANTH 376)
Bioanthropology Methods (ANTH 4/587)

Spring 2023
Introduction to Biological Anthropology (ANTH 270)

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