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Santos, Dana Reiff

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise: My area of expertise is molecular anthropology, especially malaria in Pacific populations. I study how humans, mosquitoes and parasites interact to transmit malaria as well as the human genetic response to malaria. I have also done research on neurodegenerative disorders in the Pacific. I am currently studying tick borne diseases in New York state.

Program/Courses Taught:

  • General Biology 1 (BIOL 130)
  • General Biology 2 (BIOL 135)
  • Genetics (BIOL 240 and BIOL 340)
  • Special Topics in Biology: Medical Genetics (BIOL 350)
  • Human Origins (ANTH 110)

About Me: I received my Bachelors degree from Lehigh University with a double major in Biology and Anthropology and a minor in Computer Science. I then moved onto graduate school at Binghamton University where I received my MA in Biological Anthropology, MS in Biomedical Anthropology, PhD in Biological Anthropology, and Certificate in Evolutionary Studies. I came to Delhi in 2011 because I love teaching science to undergraduates!


Vilar MG, Chan CW, Santos DR, Lynch D, Spathis R, Garruto RM, Lum JK. 2013. The origins and genetic distinctiveness of the Chamorros of the Marianas Islands: an mtDNA perspective. Am J Hum Biol. 25(1):116-22. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22349. Epub 2012 Nov 24.

Chan CW, Spathis R, Reiff DM, McGrath SE, Garruto RM, Lum JK. 2012. Diversity of Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistance transporter (pfcrt) exon 2 haplotypes in the Pacific from 1959 to 1979. PLoS One. 7(1):e30213. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0030213. Epub 2012 Jan 17.

Reiff DM, Spathis R, Chan CW, Vilar MG, Sankaranarayanan K, Lynch D, Ehrlich E, Kerath S, Chowdhury R, Robinowitz L, Koji Lum J, Garruto RM. Neurol Sci. 2011. Inherited and somatic mitochondrial DNA mutations in Guam amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and parkinsonism-dementia. 32(5):883-92. doi: 10.1007/s10072-011-0735-9. Epub 2011 Aug 6.

Lynch D, Wanglund C, Spathis R, Chan CW, Reiff DM, Lum JK, Garruto RM. 2008. The contribution of mitochondrial dysfunction to a gene-environment model of Guamanian ALS and PD. Mitochondrion. 8(2):109-16. Epub 2007 Oct 9.

Reiff DM, Kaneko A, Taleo G, Amos M, Lum JK. 2007. Population structure and gene flow of Anopheles farauti s.s. (Diptera: Culicidae)among ten sites on five islands of Vanuatu: implications for malaria control. J Med Entomol. 44(4):601-7.

Lum JK, Kaneko A, Taleo G, Amos M, Reiff DM. 2007. Genetic diversity and gene flow of humans, Plasmodium falciparum, and Anopheles farauti s.s. of Vanuatu: inferred malaria dispersal and implications for malaria control. Acta Trop. 103(2):102-7. Epub 2007 May 25.