ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

AMY M.
BODDY

I am a human biologist and evolutionary theorist with an interest in applying evolutionary and ecological theory to human health and disease. My work is multidisciplinary and uses a combination of genomics, comparative biology, and evolutionary theory to understand life history trade-offs between survival and reproduction across different levels of biological organization. Active research topics include (1) Comparative oncology and the evolution of cancer defenses across the tree of life; (2) Life history trade-offs in cancer, with a focus on early life adversity and cancer outcomes, and (3) Maternal-fetal conflict in maternal health, including studies on microchimerism and maternal tolerance during pregnancy, the immunology of breastfeeding, and maternal health and behavior postpartum.

My Experience

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

University of California, Santa
Barbara, 
Department of Anthropology

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

2017 – Present

Arizona State University,
The Biodesign Institute

Assistant Research Professor

2016 – 2017

Arizona State University

Postdoctoral Fellow

2014 – 2016

University of California, San Francisco

Postdoctoral Fellow

2016

My Experience

AFFILIATED MEMBERSHIP

Arizona Cancer and Evolution (ACE) Center, Co-leader

2018 – Present

BROOM Center for Demography, University of California, Santa Barbara

2018 – Present

Center for Evolution and Medicine, Arizona State University

2015 – 2017

University of California, Santa
Barbara, 
Department of Anthropology

2013 – 2015

MY EXPERIENCE

SELECTED ACADEMIC HONORS & AWARDS

UCSB Faculty Career Development Award

Maternal-Fetal Crosstalks: Investigating the Role of
Maternal Immune Tolerance and Fetal Microchimerism in Maternal Health and Disease.

2020

Nominee

Packard Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara

2020

Nominee

Pew Biomedical Scholars, University of California, Santa Barbara

2018

Postdoctoral Award Finalist

Human Behavior and Evolution Society

2016

Postdoctoral Award Finalist

Human Behavior and Evolution Society

2016