Karthik Yarlagadda

Biological Anthropology

Biography

I am a PhD Candidate in biological anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I study how factors like diet, environment, and social behavior influence the microbiome at large. Due to the numerous influences on the microbiome, it is frequently helpful to control for as many variables as possible to isolate the factors I'm particularly interested in. As a result, I work with the microbiomes of dogs and vampire bats, both as proxies for humans. By isolating contributions of specific factors to microbial variation in model organisms, studies in humans can work towards identifying the effects of human specific factors on the microbiome.

Research Interests

  • Microbiomes
  • Bioinformatics

Education

  • 2016 BA, Anthropology, Vanderbilt University
  • 2016 BA, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Vanderbilt University

Distinctions / Awards

  • National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Illinois Distinguished Fellowship, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Award for Excellence in Anthropological Research, Vanderbilt University
  • Highest Honors in Anthropology, awarded for thesis defense, Vanderbilt University

Grants

  • Illinois State Archaeological Survey: Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials Grant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Illinois State Archaeological Survey: Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials Grant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign