Sophie Joseph


  • BA, Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


I am particularly fascinated with the way that both genetic risk factors and the surrounding environment, including sociocultural adaptations, may have influenced disease etiologies in past populations. Specifically, I am interested in elucidating the effects of different evolutionary pressures on the human genome in the context of important societal and cultural changes, such as migration or European contact.

Beyond graduate school, my career goals are to obtain a postdoctoral fellowship in genetics, biological anthropology, or a related field, and then a tenure-track position to teach and do research in my own lab. Outside of the lab, I love hiking and trail running, volunteering at local elementary schools to improve hands-on science education, and creatively testing the culinary limits of my slow cooker.

Advisor: Dr. Lindo