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Teaching Overview


  • 2015, Lecturer: Contemporary metabolism- health at the intersection of nutrition, data, and society, UCLA

  • 2015, Guest Lecturer: Biotechnology and society (GE Cluster), UCLA

  • 2013, Co-Director: 4th year medical anthropology special studies module, Medical Sciences Division, Oxford University

  • 2011, Tutor: Anthropology of food, Hertford College, Oxford University

  • 2011, Tutor: A Level anthropology examination, Oxford International College

  • 2008, Teaching assistant: Immunopathology (BIOS 25258), Biological Sciences Division, University of Chicago

  • 2008, Teaching assistant: Advanced Immunology (BIOS 25257), Biological Sciences Division, University of Chicago

  • 2007, Teaching assistant: Immunobiology (BIOS 25256), Biological Sciences Division, University of Chicago

Medical Anthropology Elective for 4th Year Medical Students


Oxford, Hilary Term 2013

Course coordinators: Nadine Levin (DPhil Anthropology) and Adam Gilbertson (DPhil Anthropology)


This course provides an introduction to "medical anthropology," the study (broadly) of the factors that influence health and well-being in a wide range of cultural and geographic contexts, for medical practitioners. Medical anthropology is particular useful in clinical sdettings for understanding diseases, illnesses, or conditions that sometimes evade the logic of western medicine.  This course consists of a combination of lectures and tutorials, as well as informal seminars, interactive classes, and films.  At the end of the course, students will give a two-minute poster presentation with their peers in the medical school, on a project which they will have developed throughout the course of the module (primarily in tutorials).  This presentation can be based on existing research interests, or on something that the student has learned throughout the course.


SOC GEN 180: Contemporary Metabolism at the Intersection of Nutrition, Data, and Society


UCLA, Fall 2015                                                                                      

Time: Monday/Wednesday 2:00-3:30pm                   


What is metabolism? How does metabolism affect health? How is our understanding of metabolism shaped by society and science? This class provides a broad introduction to contemporary nutritional issues, exploring the intersections between metabolic research and changes health issues in society. This class examines how metabolic research is influenced by globalization, changing nutritional patterns, the rise of big data, and science policy; and consequently how this affects the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Topics covered include metabolism in relation to chronic diseases like obesity and cancer, personalized medicine, post-genomic science, and the microbiome. Theoretically, this class explores how metabolic research is shaped by data and statistics, cultures and politics of science, scientific objectivity, and complexity theory.

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