Maya Szafraniec

Graduate Student

Specialization

Integrative Anthropological Sciences

  • At UCSB I plan to work on maternal-fetal conflict as illustrated through fetal microchimerism, immunology, and placental biology. 
  • I have previously studied variation in gorilla skeletal morphology, specifically as related to locomotor differences that may be correlated with altitude. 

Education

B.S. in Biology with minors in Anthropology and Mathematics from Saint Mary's College of California 

Research

I study fetal-maternal conflict through the lens of comparative life history, ecology, and evolutionary theory. I use computational biology and genomics to examine the consequences of these trade offs on proximal impacts to health and disease, as well as on larger evolutionary questions. Areas where these conflicts may occur include fetal microchimerism and placenta biology. 

Courses

Teaching Assistantships:

  • Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Evolutionary Medicine