Dr. Katie Hinde, earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington in 1999, a Ph.D. in Anthropology from UCLA in 2008, was a post-doctoral scholar in Neuroscience in the Brain, Mind, and Behavior Unit, California National Primate Research Center, UC Davis from 2009-2011, and served as an Assistant Professor in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.
In addition to dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, Hinde co-edited “Building Babies: Primate Developmental Trajectories in Proximate and Ultimate Perspective” released by Springer in 2013. Hinde is an associate editor and writer for SPLASH! Milk Science Update, executive council member for the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation, and showcases research on mother’s milk, breastfeeding, and lactation for the general public, clinicians, and researchers at her blog “Mammals Suck… Milk!” or follow on twitter.
Melissa Wilson Sayres is a computational biologist whose main research interests include sex-biased biology. She studies the evolution of sex chromosomes (X and Y in mammals), why mutation rates differ between males and females, and how changes in population history affect the sex chromosomes differently than the non-sex chromosomes. Generally she studies mammals, but is also curious about the sex-biased biology of flies, worms and plants.
Wilson Sayres is also active in public science engagement and outreach. She writes for the evolution blog, pandasthumb.org, routinely teaches in K-12 classrooms, and regularly engages the public in discussions about the difference between sex and gender, the importance (or not) of genetic inheritance, and understanding evolution.
Anne Stone is Regents' Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at the Arizona State University. Her specialization and main area of interest is anthropological genetics. Currently, her research focuses on population history and understanding how humans and the great apes have adapted to their environments, including their disease and dietary environments. She has been a Fulbright Fellow (1992-93) and a Kavli Scholar (2007), elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011), elected to the National Academy of Sciences (2016) and selected as a Regents' Professor in 2016. She has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology and the Journal of Human Evolution, and currently serves as a senior editor of Molecular Biology and Evolution.
After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Stone received a National Institutes of Health NRSA Post-doctoral fellowship to work with Dr. Michael Hammer at the University of Arizona. Before joining the faculty at ASU in 2003, Dr. Stone taught at the University of New Mexico.
The central focus of the Stone laboratory is anthropological genetics. Currently, projects focus on population history and in understanding how humans and other primates have adapted to their environments, including their disease environments. This has three main strands: (a) Native American population history, (b) the evolutionary history of the Great Apes, and (c) understanding the co-evolutionary history of mycobacteria with human and non-human primates, specifically Mycobacterium tuberculosis and M. leprae, the causative agents of tuberculosis and leprosy, respectively. These lines of research are cross-disciplinary, variously involving bioarchaeological, molecular genetic, population genetic, and genomic analyses.
“Gila monsters typically eat eggs, juvenile rodent mammals; their venom isn’t needed to subdue their prey. So we don’t understand why they’re venomous, and yet their venom is unique, and special in the animal kingdom,” Wilson Sayres said.
One unexpected application is to advance human health. Gila monster venom contains a protein, the synthetic form of which has been used to successfully treat type II diabetes by helping regulate blood sugar and increase insulin response.
Come learn about gila monsters in the desert with the Kratt brothers. The Kratts meet up with their friend Xavier, who is frightened by the little gila monster that is camped out under his house. Chris and Martin get "miniaturized" to show their friend that he doesn't need to be afraid of gila monsters.