A.StoneRegents’ Professor, Arizona State University, USA
Wednesday, January 15, 8:00 AM / Town & Country Ballroom

Talk Title:  "Using Ancient DNA to Understand the Evolutionary History of M. tuberculosis in Humans and Other Animals"

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Anne Stone is Regents’ Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at the Arizona State University. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Archaeology and Biology (1989) and then attended the Pennsylvania State University, obtaining her MA (1992) and Ph.D. (1996) in Anthropology. During her graduate study, she received a Fulbright scholarship (1992-93) to study at the Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich, Germany. After completing her Ph.D., She received a National Institutes of Health NRSA Post-doctoral fellowship to study at the University of Arizona. Stone has served on the faculty at the University of New Mexico (1999-2003) and the Arizona State University (2003-present). At ASU, She has served as director of the Center for Bioarchaeological Research, associate director of the Center for Evolution & Medicine, and is a research affiliate of the Institute of Human Origins. Stone was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2011) and to the National Academy of Sciences, USA (2016). She has been a Kavli Scholar (2007). She has served on the executive committee of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and is chair elect of Section H for AAAS. She has served as a senior editor for Molecular Biology and Evolution and as an associate editor for the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, the Journal of Human Evolution and the International Journal of Paleopathology. She currently serves on the scientific executive committee of The Leakey Foundation, and the advisory board for the Center of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage.

Stone’s research focuses on the analysis of genetic data to investigate population history and adaptation in humans, other animals, and pathogens. She is particularly interested in adaptation in the context of disease and diet which have been particularly important over the course of human evolution. Specifically, her research has three main foci: (a) Native American population history, (b) the evolutionary biology of the Great Apes, and (c) understanding the evolutionary history of pathogens (specifically Mycobacterium tuberculosis and M. leprae, the causative agents of tuberculosis and leprosy, respectively) in humans and other animals. In order to address questions about these topics, she analyzes DNA from ancient and modern samples. Such analyses have allowed the evaluation of demographic changes through time, the assessment of the impacts of geography and language on genetic variation, the estimation of divergence times, and the examination of the signatures and impacts of selection in genomes.