B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1999
M.S., University of New Mexico, 2001
Ph.D., ibid., 2006
Dr. Jada Benn Torres is a molecular anthropologist who examines population genetic history and variation of African Caribbean populations. She has explored the biogeographical ancestry of several communities throughout the English-speaking Caribbean, including the islands of Dominica, Trinidad, St. Vincent, Grenada, St. Kitts, and St. Lucia. Dr. Benn Torres identified West African origins and examined the role of admixture in the formation of contemporary African Caribbean populations. She will expand this line of research to other populations of African descent in the Caribbean and South America. A second area of Dr. Benn Torres’ research combines molecular anthropology with molecular epidemiology in order to understand how genetic ancestry and variation may influence the distribution of diseases across populations. This work focuses primarily on women’s health disparities.
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