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Michael Muehlenbein

Associate Professor, Anthropology
Office: Student Building 130
Phone: (812) 855-2040


  • Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology, Yale University (2004)
  • M.Phil. in Biological Anthropology, Yale University (2002)
  • Ms.P.H. in Tropical Medicine and Biostatistics, Tulane University (2000)
  • B.A. in Biological Anthropology and Environmental Science, Northwestern University (1998)

Research Interests

Physiological adaptations to infectious diseases; immune-endocrine interactions; ecological immunology; emerging infectious diseases; ecotourism; male reproductive ecology; human life history evolution

My research interests are focused primarily on various aspects of the biology and ecology of infectious diseases, including the human and non-human primate physiological adaptations to these diseases as well as the impact of environmental change on zoonotic disease transmission potential, specifically between human and non-human primate populations. Part of this involves characterizing hormone-mediated trade-offs between the immune and reproductive systems, using life history theory to explain the evolutionary bases for these trade-offs, and developing theoretical and empirical models so as to cultivate an explanatory framework for differential susceptibility to infectious diseases, specifically parasites and viruses.