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Chris Kuzawa

Chris Kuzawa, a Professor  at Northwestern University, is a biological anthropologist with a background in epidemiology. He received both his PhD and his MsPH (Masters of Science in Public Health) from Emory in 2001.  He focuses on developmental biology and the diseases and effects that early postnatal environments have on humans. The premise of this research is that what a mother eats during pregnancy, her access to adequate prenatal care, or her stress level, may permanently alter offspring biology in a fashion that influences risk for the most common causes of adult morbidity and mortality, including hypertension, diabetes, and heart attacks. He focuses on the term "Developmental Plasticity", which is the sensitivity of a developing body to its environment.

His current projects are on developmental influences on obesity and male reproductive ecology in the Philippines and Inter-generational influences on health in the United States

http://www.anthropology.northwestern.edu/people/faculty/kuzawa.html