Christina Bergey

BergeyAssistant Professor, Genetics


2016-2019 Post-doctoral Researcher (NIH NRSA Post-doctoral Fellow), Penn State University
2015-2016 Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Notre Dame
2015 Ph.D. Biological Anthropology, New York University
2011 M.A. Biological Anthropology, New York University
2009 B.A. Anthropology, New York University


Christina Bergey's research aims to understand how organisms adapt to their environment with a focus on the evolution of complex, polygenic traits. To do so, her group uses population, evolutionary, and functional genomic approaches to understand the effects of past selection on modern medically-relevant phenotypes, testing evolutionary hypotheses in humans, non-human primates, and disease vectors. More broadly, Dr. Bergey and her team want to understand how ecological, behavioral, cultural, or anthropogenic factors impact adaptive evolution.

Bergey's current major projects include:

1. Investigating human adaptations to life in the rainforests of Africa, including the evolution of small body size (the “pygmy” phenotype) in rainforest hunter-gatherers,
2. Understanding the co-evolution of malaria with its human and primate hosts and mosquito vector, and
3. Exploring how primates have adapted to their environments with a particular focus on gene flow between species in Africa.


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