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Amanda Melin among six UCalgary researchers to be awarded Canada Research Chair

Thursday, May 18, 2017

We are so excited and proud to announce that Amanda Melin (Assistant Professor) has been awarded one of six new Canada Research Chairs at the University of Calgary. The awards support exceptional research in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

From the UToday article: 

Amanda Melin, Canada Research Chair in Primate Genomics and Dietary Ecology, Faculty of Arts
Looking at evolutionary adaptations in primates for clues to successful adaptations for humans in a changing world

Professor Amanda Melin’s pioneering research in biological anthropology, the study of human biology and behaviour, is forging new insights into the health of primates as they evolve and adapt to changes in their environment — providing insights into how humans can more successfully respond to shifting diets and climates.

Melin draws together a wide array of perspectives and knowledge from functional genomics, ecology, behavioural field work, and study of gut microbiota, to understand how primates use their senses to locate and select foods as they adapt to environmental shifts in dietary resources.   

Her innovative research models advance the field by combining mobile laboratory research with field methods that can be taken to remote locations to uncover insights into primate adaptations and health that haven’t been possible before. 

Her work also capitalizes on existing sample records and datasets and computational tools generated by large-scale, National Institutes of Health and Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded efforts to characterize the microbiome of humans.

As well as earning a new Canada Research Chair, she is also the co-director of primate research in Sector Santa Rosa.  

Her insights into the evolutionary adaptations of wild animals including the function of zebra stripes and evidence of night colour-vision across a range of species have attracted international attention.

Melin is a member of the Cumming School of Medicine’s Alberta Children’s Research Hospital Institute, and the University of Calgary’s Human Dynamics in a Changing World and Infections, Inflammations and Chronic Diseases research strategy teams.

Please read the full article to find out about the other researchers awarded Canada Research Chair: full article here