Benjamin C Trumble, PhD
Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
My research examines how environmental conditions like parasites, pathogens, food availability, and social interactions impact human health. Taking an evolutionary life history perspective, I use field and laboratory studies to understand variation in human endocrine and immune systems, and how these factors interact to influence chronic diseases of aging including benign prostatic hyperplasia, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s dementia. I co-direct the Tsimane Health and Life History Project. When not in the lab or in the field, I enjoy hiking, cooking, and playing with my dog Sammy and cats Widget and Frodo.
Angela R Garcia, PhD
My research focuses on how social adversity impacts health disparities and disease risk. I use a life history framework and a multilevel systems biology approach to explore interactions between genetics, transcriptomics, cortisol, immune markers, perceptions, and behavior in order to understand the physiology of disparities in health within and between populations. My current projects are focused on evaluating the links between social adversity, endocrine-immune signaling, and metabolic and cognitive health among Honduran immigrants on the island of Utila, and the Tsimane and Moseten of Bolivia. Specifically, I am investigating the effects of changing social and ecological milieu on metabolic and cognitive risk through how parasitic infection moderates social influences on the expression of genes (mRNA) related to stress and inflammation.
I hold a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from the University of California Santa Barbara, and I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Arizona State University in the Center for Evolution and Medicine, working with Ben Trumble and Ken Buetow.
Previous Lab Members:
Mia Charifson (Grad Student)
Kate Woolard (Grad Student)
Katelyn Dinkel (Undergraduate Student)