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Taiye Winful

Graduate Student

Taiye entered the Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt in the Fall of 2018. Previously, she completed a bachelors degree in molecular biology from Loyola University Chicago, and a MA degree in anthropology from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Taiye’s  MA thesis was entitled “Reconstructing Africa’s Evolutionary Histories: DNA Collection, Coding, Analysis, and Interpretation.” In her thesis, she focused on generating  a comprehensive bio-culturally informed set of African DNA databases that reflected continental and diasporic African genomic diversity. Taiye’s main interests include African diasporic evolutionary history and diversity. She wants to study African  and African American variation not only from a genetic sense but a biocultural sense as well. In doing so, she plans to focus on understanding African and African Americans adaptations to certain diseases in hopes of  minimizing health disparities in these populations. In developing progressive methods of analysis, she hopes her research can bring insight in ways to not only study African  and African American disparities but other unrepresented groups as well.