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Hannah Jahnke


Hannah is a doctoral candidate interested in the reciprocal relationship between social, environmental, and physiological interactions in health and development. Specifically, she is interested in how the perinatal environment, including maternal mental health and experience, shapes fetal development and long-term health risks. Her work focuses on epigenetics of the placenta as well as infant HPA axis and gut microbiome development. Hannah conducted her dissertation field work in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador in 2018 and is now writing up the results. Hannah's work is supported by the National Science Foundation and Fulbright-Hays.

Dissertation title

Madres Sanas, Bebés Sanos: The Intergenerational Effects of Maternal Stress in the Galápagos Islands

Research Interests

Developmental origins of health and disease, human biology, stress and development, and bio-cultural anthropology; maternal stress during the perinatal period and the effects on mothers' lives and infant development in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Faculty Preceptor(s)

Amanda L. Thompson, Margaret E. Bentley