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Kirstin Sterner

Associate Professor
Phone: 541-346-8614
Office: 352 Condon Hall
Office Hours: Tuesdays 12pm to 1:30pm and by appointment in Condon 352 for Spring term


B.A., New York University (2001); M.A., New York University (2005); Ph.D., New York University (2009); Postdoctoral Fellowship, Wayne State University School of Medicine (2009-2011)


Dr. Sterner joined the Department of Anthropology in the Fall of 2011. The primary focus of Dr. Sterner’s research is to understand the genetic basis of distinctive human traits. As a molecular anthropologist, she uses a combination of comparative genomics and molecular biology to address questions about primate evolution and human biology, health and disease. Dr. Sterner has ongoing projects in primate aging, human adaptations (e.g., bipedalism, brain evolution), and primate adaptation to SIV infection. Dr. Sterner co-directs the molecular anthropology lab in the Anthropology Department. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Leakey Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the American Association of University Women.

Molecular Anthropology Group website:
Lab Location: Pacific Hall 10