I study the genetics and evolution of the human face. This basically means that I use computer code to analyze the genetic data associated with thousands of 3D photographs, after those 3D photographs have been turned into lots of data points. I’m most interested in facial asymmetry, because we all are a little asymmetric but no one really knows why. Most of the hypotheses think that it has something to do with nutrition or really big stresses (think: wars and natural disasters), but some people think that your genetics influences your asymmetry too. I aim to try and figure it out!
We recently published a paper in Nature Genetics that I’m really pleased with. It was a massive effort between four institutions, and I’m really happy that I was involved and that the group is still working together and coming up with cool research.
The Shriver lab is recruiting for a new study! -------------------------------> We’re interested in how DNA influences appearance, as well as collecting a Facial Database for Disney Research to study facial movement and improve animation technologies! If you are interested in volunteering, follow this link to take an eligibility screening survey. Participants will receive $25 for their participation, and a subset will be given the option to receive an MRI scan of their head.