Negin Valizadegan

 Negin Valizadegan

Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
607 S Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801
Graduate Student
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I am a PhD student in Biological Anthropology. I am interested in host-microbe interactions and how human and non-human primates have evolved to maintain their mutual relationship with their native microbiome.

Research Interests

  • Host-microbe co-evolution, Primate health and conservation, Evolutionary genetics


  • MSc in Environmental Sciences (Conc. in Habitat and Wildlife), Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • BSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Tehran

Distinctions / Awards

  • Franklin Mosher Baldwin Fellowship, Leaky Foundation, USA: $15000 for my third year of PhD studies at UIUC, May 2017
  • Summer Research Award, Department of Anthropology, UIUC, USA: $3000 for conducting a preliminary study of my dissertation, Apr 2017
  • Teaching Excellence Award, UIUC, USA: Ranked excellent (higher than 4.5/5) for teaching the Biological Anthropology (ANTH 240) in Spring 2016, Apr 2017