Negin Valizadegan

 Negin Valizadegan

Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
607 S Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Biological Anthropology
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Negin Valizadegan is a fourth year PhD student in Biological Anthropology. Her background is in cell and molecular biology and environmental sciences. She is interested in the ecology of animals and microbial species and the interactions between wildlife species and their internal and external environment from microbial species residing within the host to prey-predator relationships outside the body. Her research focus in the Department of Anthropology is on the link between the environment, pathogenic and commensal microbes, infectious disease (sepsis, Toxoplasma, etc.), behavior and the evolution of humans and non-human primates. Outside anthropology, she is involved in several projects on ecology, habitat evaluation and the effects of climate change on wildlife species. 

Research Interests

  • Host-microbe interactions, primate health and conservation, habitat evaluation, wildlife ecology and conservation


  • BSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Tehran, 2009
  • MSc in Environmental Sciences (Conc. in Habitat and Wildlife), Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, 2013

Distinctions / Awards

  • 2019 Graduate College Conference Travel Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Conference Travel Award, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2017 Teaching Excellence Award, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Biological Anthropology)
  • 2017 Leadership Award for Environmental Stewardship in Sustainable Laboratory Practices, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Farhadinia, Mohammad Sadegh, and Negin Valizadegan A Preliminary Demographic Assessment of Syrian Brown Bear (Ursus arctos syriacus) in Golestanak, Northern Iran Journal of Threatened Taxa 2015. Threatened Taxa.
Mahmoudi, Saleh, Sayyad Sheikhi, Aqil Keyvanloo, Negin Valizadegan, and Masoud Yousefi Effect of human-induced forest edges on the understory bird community in Hyrcanian forests in Iran: implication for conservation and management Forest Ecology and Management 2016. ScienceDirect.