Graduate Members

Alexandra Kralick, PhD Student

Alexandra Kralick is a Ph.D. candidate here at University of Pennsylvania Anthropology Department who studies the growth and development of sex differences in the great ape and human skeleton. Her previous work is on gorilla dental development and wrist morphology. Kralick is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (NSF GRFP). She earned her B.S. in biological anthropology from George Washington University. For fun, she does kickboxing and hikes with her flat coated retriever. Follow her on Twitter @BioAnthFunFacts!


Aisha Chughtai, PhD Student

 Aisha Chughtai is a Ph.D. student in Medical Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in studying the anthropology of infectious disease and maternal-fetal health. Focusing primarily on theories of embodiment, critical medical anthropology, social epidemiology, social reproduction, and social and political economy, she hopes to examine the ways in which developmental plasticity and socio-cultural factors influence the proliferation of infectious disease and related birth defects in society. Aisha received a BS/BA in English and Biology from Villanova University. She is also a Fulbright recipient and has worked previously on Zika virus within the Philadelphia public health system.


Clare Super, PhD Student

 Clare is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in biological anthropology at Penn. She is interested in biocultural analysis of the physical embodiment of stress and climate change in the metabolisms, microbiomes, and bodies of disaster relief workers. She would like to pay particular attention to the influence of differential backgrounds and experiences on vulnerability and resilience in wildland firefighters in rural Montana. Her past experience has been in ancient DNA analysis, mitochondrial DNA haplotype research, and archaeological work.


Lauren Schafrank, ’19

Lauren (Frankie) Schafrank is a BAMLab Research Associate and UPenn alumnus who majored in Biological Anthropology. She accompanied Dr. Morgan Hoke in the field in 2018 collecting data on nutritional and socioeconomic characteristics of people living in Nunoa, Peru. There she also collected breast milk for her own research in which she studies the embodiment of people’s experience by way of breast milk. For fun Frankie runs, backpacks, and rows.