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Gul Deniz Salali

British Academy Research Fellow and Lecturer in Evolutionary Anthropology/Medicine, UCL

Gul Deniz Salali is an assistant professor in Evolutionary Anthropology/Medicine at University College London. She did her PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology at UCL studying cultural evolution in Pygmy hunter-gatherers. She holds a double Master’s degree in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and the University of Montpellier, France; and a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. In her work, she uses tools and concepts from evolutionary biology to answer questions on human behaviour and health. She conducts cross-cultural studies and does fieldwork in Congo-Brazzaville living with the Mbendjele BaYaka Pygmy hunter-gatherers. Her research has been published in journals including Science, Current Biology, and Nature Human Behaviour.


  • –present
    British Academy Research Fellow and Lecturer, UCL


  • 2017 
    UCL, PhD in Biological Anthropology
  • 2012 
    University of Montpellier II, MSc in Evolutionary Biology
  • 2012 
    University of Groningen, MSc in Evolutionary Biology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    British Academy Research Grant
    Funding Source:
    British Academy