Splash Biography

ELISA VISHER, Yale junior studying biology and anthropology

Major: Biology and Anthropology

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2014

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Past Classes

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T566: Introduction to Evolutionary Medicine in Sprout Fall 13 (Oct. 05 - 19, 2013)
Why do humans get sick? If chronic disease and infectious disease kill so many people, why haven't we evolved to get rid of them? In this class, we will look at why humans still have diseases like cancer and autoimmune disease and why infections are still so lethal (and maybe even becoming more so) today.

S219: Topics in Evolutionary Medicine in Splash Fall 12 (Oct. 20, 2012)
If humans have been evolving for thousands of years, why is it that we still have so many medical problems? In this class we will look at the evolutionary basis of some modern medical issues including host-pathogen co-evolution, trade-offs in genetic diseases, and other topics. We will look at how these evolutionary diseases can help explain modern medical phenomena such as sickle cell disease and even cancer.

S220: Human Evolution in Splash Fall 12 (Oct. 20, 2012)
Have you ever wondered where we came from? In this class, we will explore human evolution using evidence from both archaeological remains and genetic evidence. We will overview the different species of hominids and explain the different controversies of where we came from as a species and how we became the way we are.

S95: Genetic Evidence of Human Evolution in Splash Spring 12 (Mar. 24, 2012)
You probably know that humans' closest relative is the chimpanzee, but that spit happened around 6 million years ago. So what happened to hominids during the time between their ape origens to today? New tools of genetic analysis have been able to shed light on human origens and evolution. This class with cover topics such as Mitochondrial Eve and Neanderthal Admixture, as well as genetic evidence for times of speciation.