PhD student in Biological Anthropology
Cambridge CB2 1QH
In 2015 I received my Hons. BSc (High Distinction) at the University of Toronto, where I double majored in Evolutionary Biology and Cell & Molecular Biology. After this, I completed an MPhil in Clinical Science: Rare Diseases & Genetics at the University of Cambridge.
I am interested in understanding- at the genetic/molecular level- how the human brain evolved from our recent primate ancestors. Although humans share ~99% of their genome with other primates, our brains differ in the size of specific cortical regions and the development of dramatically enhanced higher cortical functions (e.g. logic and reasoning). My PhD project aims to 1) identify sites in the genome that contribute to such changes in the human brain, and 2) investigate these sites by undertaking functional studies at the University of Cambridge’s Gurdon Institute.
Principle Supervisor: Dr Toomas Kivisild
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Member of St Catharine’s College