Teddy Thum

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Research in Progress

My current research interests lie at the intersection of immunology and metabolism in humans, where I hope to investigate these related fields through an evolutionary lens.  

I am broadly interested in evolutionary medicine, biological anthropology, and life history evolution.  I was previously employed at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri, where I assisted in the Rohner lab.  Our research projects investigated metabolic changes in the Mexican cave fish and their surface counterparts. I have also conducted research at the University of Cambridge, where I examined human facial attractiveness and sexual selection.  Additionally, while working as an undergraduate at the Yale University Department of Psychiatry, I investigated evolutionary mechanisms that underpin drug craving and addiction. 


MPhil in Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge, 2019

BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, 2018

Other Information

In my free time, I am an avid outdoorsman and enjoy hiking, camping, and conservation. I also love to conduct archaeological fieldwork, and have worked on excavations in both Sorano, Italy and in Messeni, Greece.