Distinguished University Professor and Sarah Idell Pyle Professor of Anthropology
Dr. Beall is a physical anthropologist whose research focuses on human adaptation to high-altitude hypoxia, particularly the different patterns of adaptation exhibited by Andean, Tibetan and East African highlanders. Her current research deals with the genetics of adaptive traits and evidence for natural selection, with the role of nitric oxide in oxygen delivery at high altitude and with the human ecology of high-altitude Tibetan nomads. Professor Beall is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
MEDIA REPORTS ON PROFESSOR BEALL’S RESEARCH:
- Understanding evolution resource library article “Evolving Altitude Aptitude” is available at http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/news/101001_altitude
- BBC Horizon documentary “Are we still evolving?” featuring Dr. Beall’s work
- ScienceLives interview “Science Diplomacy in High-Altitude Tibetan Biology”
- National Academy of Sciences interview on Dr. Beall
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship http://www.gf.org/fellows/16962-cynthia-m-beall
- art/sci magazine article “The Highest Honor”
- Science, Engineering, and Education (SEE) Innovation website highlight “How Have People at High Altitudes Adapted to the Thin Air?”
- Dr. Beall featured in DNA Genotek’s Sample Collection Blog entitled “Natural Selection in High Altitude: Oragene functions as an enabler for challenging field research”
- High Altitude and Cold: Adaptation to the extremes Conference participant group photo (28-29 September 2012)
- Cynthia Beall was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project “Genes and the fertility of Tibetan women at high altitude in Nepal”. It will test the hypothesis that Tibetan women at high altitude in Nepal have more surviving children if the women themselves have certain genetic characteristics recently discovered to be involved in high-altitude adaptation. Dr. Beall conducted fieldwork in the highland Tibetan areas of Nepal along with collaborators Professor Geoff Childs, Washington University, and Professor Sienna Craig, Dartmouth College. Professor Childs made a short video of their fieldwork in Nubri and Tsum that is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px4At-KjEyo.
- BBC Science in Action interview “High Altitude Genes,” Thursday, December 13, 2012
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