Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, Durham University

I’m a biological anthropologist interested in ecological and cultural influences upon human health, in particular early life influences on adult cognitive, reproductive, and immune traits. More generally, I'm curious how the practices, traditions, norms and values of culture are absorbed over a lifetime and influence patterns of thought and perception within the biological systems of the brain and body.

My most recent postdoctoral project investigated cross-cultural variations in cognitive styles.

My doctoral work studied the effects of migration and lifestyle upon the reproductive hormones and health of Bengali men residing in London UK and Sylhet, Bangladesh.

As a postgraduate research fellow, I evaluated psychosocial influences on cardiovascular function, with a focus on the influences of mental stress and correlations between markers of inflammation, socioeconomic position and psychological personality characteristics.

Experience

  • –present
    Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, Durham University