My name is Andrew Ozga and I’m an evolutionary biologist and anthropologist interested in understanding both genomic and microbiome diversity in human and non-human primates over time and space. Specifically, I study the oral cavity of great apes and traditional human populations in an effort to understand how diversity impacts overall health states. I am currently a postdoctoral scholar within the Center for Evolution and Medicine at Arizona State University and a member of Dr. Anne Stone’s Molecular Anthropology Laboratory through the School of Life Sciences/School of Human Evolution and Social Change. In the fall of 2019, I will be joining the Biology Faculty in the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography at Nova Southeastern University.
I completed PhD in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma where I focused on the distribution of gut bacteriophages in indigenous populations from North and South America. From 2015 to 2017 I worked as a postdoctoral research associate within the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University. As an IHO postdoc, I was responsible for a number of genetics projects including the examination of short term genetic changes in chimpanzees from Gombe National Park, the investigation of bovid migration patterns through ancient mitogenomes from Pinnacle Point, South Africa, and other small projects related to Dire Wolves in North America and updating forensic methods for extracting DNA from the burned bone. In my current postdoctoral appointment in CEM, I continue to work on some of these projects as well as others associated with ancient and modern DNA.
I’m originally from the suburbs of Chicago and I graduated from Fenwick High School in 2003. I moved to Milwaukee and attended Marquette University where I majored in anthropology. I then moved to Muncie, Indiana and spent two years doing a Master of Arts at Ball State University, specializing in human osteology. In 2009, I moved to Norman, Oklahoma, where I worked as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City Community College and a Research Assistant for LMAMR while I completed my PhD. In my spare time I love to travel, play and write music, hike and rock climb, attend concerts, and eat fancy cheeses.