Amy Boddy

Assistant Professor

Office Hours

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Contact Phone

805-893-2456

Office Location

HSSB 2045
Boddy Lab: HSSB 2041

Specialization

Integrative Anthropological Sciences

My work focuses broadly on evolutionary applications to human health and disease. Topics include: evolution, genomics, comparative biology, phylogenetics, evolutionary medicine, maternal-fetal conflict, life history theory, and cancer. 

Education

PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Research

I am a human biologist and evolutionary theorist with an interest in applying evolutionary and ecological theory to human health and disease. My work is multidisciplinary and uses a combination of genomics, comparative biology, and evolutionary theory to understand life history trade-offs between survival and reproduction across different levels of biological organization. Active research topics include (1) Comparative oncology and the evolution of cancer defenses across the tree of life; (2) Life history trade-offs in cancer, with a focus on early life adversity and cancer outcomes, and (3) Maternal-fetal conflict in maternal health, including studies on microchimerism and maternal tolerance during pregnancy, the immunology of breastfeeding, and maternal health and behavior postpartum.

Publications

See my google scholar page here

Courses