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  • Christina Bergey
  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Research Focus: Evolutionary genomics of humans, non-human primates, and disease vectors
  • Subset Area: Computational Genetics | Statistical Genetics
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  • Email: christina.bergey@rutgers.com
  • Phone: (848) 445-9628
  • Office: Nelson Biology Laboratory, Room B416
  • Research:

    Our research aims to understand how organisms adapt to their environment with a focus on the evolution of complex, polygenic traits. To do so, we use population and evolutionary 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, we want to understand how ecological, behavioral, cultural, or anthropogenic factors impact adaptive evolution.

     

     

    Our current major projects include:

    • investigating human adaptations to life in the rainforests of Africa, including the evolution of small body size in rainforest hunter-gatherers,
    • understanding the co-evolution of malaria with its human and primate hosts and mosquito vector, and
    • exploring how primates have adapted to their environments with a particular focus on gene flow between species in Africa.
  • Publications: Visit my Google Scholar profile for an up-to-date publication list.