Core Faculty

Nanibaa’ Garrison

Nanibaa’ Garrison

Nanibaa’ Garrison (Navajo), Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has appointments in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the Institute for Precision Health, and the Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research. She is a teaching faculty for the UCLA genetic counseling master’s program.  Dr. Garrison earned her Ph.D. in genetics at…

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Nicholas Shapiro

Nicholas Shapiro

DPhil, Anthropology, University of Oxford MPhil, Medical Anthropology, University of Oxford BA, Global Public Health and Anthropology, Bard College Nicholas Shapiro is a multidisciplinary environmental researcher that studies, and designs interventions into, issues of chemical contamination and climate change. He has worked tracking the quasi-legal resale of 120,000+ chemically contaminated housing units after Hurricane Katrina, developing air monitoring systems with…

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Bharat Venkat

Bharat Venkat

2014 Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley 2007 M.A., Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University 2006 B.A., Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University Dr. Bharat Jayram Venkat is an assistant professor at UCLA’s Institute for Society & Genetics with a joint appointment in the Department of History. He has been conducting ethnographic and historical research in India since 2006 on…

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Michelle Rensel

Michelle Rensel

2010   PhD     Biology, The University of Memphis 2009   MS       Biology, The University of Memphis 2005   BS        Biology, The University of Puget Sound (minor in Latin American Studies) Michelle Rensel is a behavioral endocrinologist who utilizes a number of experimental and field-based tools to assess the complex relationship between hormones and behavior in birds. In particular, she investigates the role of…

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Megan McEvoy

Megan McEvoy

The McEvoy laboratory is focused on developing an understanding of how organisms handle metal ions. Organisms can face highly varying levels of metal ions through their environment or diet, and metal ion concentrations in cells must be carefully regulated. Some metal cations, such as copper, cobalt, and nickel, are essential in trace amounts, though toxic at higher concentrations. Other metal…

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Terence Keel

Terence Keel

B.A. Xavier University of Louisiana M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School Ph.D. Harvard University Terence Keel is an Associate Professor with a split appointment in the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, and the Department of African American Studies. He has written widely about American biomedical science, religion, law, and modern thought. His first book, Divine Variations (Stanford University Press, January 2018)…

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