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Jada Benn Torres

Associate Professor (Genetics, Race, Genetic Ancestry)
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Jada Benn Torres, PhD., Associate Professor of Anthropology and the director for the Laboratory of Genetic Anthropology and Biocultural Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Her primary research area is the Anglophone Caribbean where she explores genetic ancestry and population history of African and Indigenous Caribbean peoples. A second emerging area of her research combines the tools and theories of genetic epidemiology with anthropology in order to holistically examine health disparities.  This work focuses on women’s health disparities, with a specific focus on the uterine fibroids among women of African descent.

Specializations

Genetics, Race, Genetic Ancestry, Ancient DNA, Health disparities, African descendants, Caribbean