Thom McDade is a biological anthropologist who conducts research on health and human development in relation to social and cultural contexts and processes. Much of this work focuses on the long-term effects of early environments, and the integration of biological measures into population-based, social science research. McDade’s research in Samoa, and ongoing research in Bolivia and Ecuador, investigates how local cultural transitions associated with globalization impact human health and development. His work in the Philippines is exploring the long term developmental consequences of early nutritional and microbial environments. McDade is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Anthropology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. He is also a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and director of both the Laboratory for Human Biology Research and Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health.
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