About

I am a PhD Candidate in Biological Anthropology in Dr. Katie Amato’s lab at Northwestern University. My research uses ecological and evolutionary perspectives to explore how the social environment contributes to the development of the infant skin and gut microbiome. I am particularly interested in addressing variation in early life microbial exposures as a facet of social and health inequities.


I hold a BS in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Tulane University and an MSc in Global Health from Duke University. Before joining the Amato lab, I worked on malaria education in South Africa, conducted microbiome and global health research in Madagascar, and served as the Assistant Director of the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine.


Let’s get in touch!

Email: melissamanus2023@u.northwestern.edu

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