Elizabeth Eyermann

Elizabeth Eyermann

Undergraduate researcher

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the intersection of biology and history and, more specifically, the use of genetics to gain new or supplementary perspectives on the past. I am currently working on a genotype-phenotype association analysis of the lactase persistence trait in multiple diverse ethnic groups from Africa. As a former dancer, I have previously done research in the field of dance medicine focusing on injury prevention and the interactions of hip flexor tightness, pelvic alignment, and back curvature.


2017 (expected)

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Candidate for Bachelor of Arts in Biology and History
Cumulative GPA: 3.69/4.00                                                                       
Coursework: History and Human Nature, Introductory Biology and Lab, Intermediate French, Early British History, American Foreign Policy, Multivariable Calculus, Nutrition, Introductory Chemistry and Lab, International Relations, The Third Reich, Vertebrate Physiology, Evolutionary Biology, Statistics, Molecular Biology and Genetics
Activities and Awards: University Scholars (Undergraduate Advisory Board), Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alpha Phi Sorority (Director of Campus Affairs), Penn Irish Dance, Dean’s List 2014-2015 Academic Year

2015 (Fall)

Study Abroad, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Course work in Biology and History


Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Sudbury, MA
GPA (unweighted): 3.88/4.00, SAT: 2380
Activities and Awards: Competitive Irish Dance, National Merit Scholar, AP Scholar, AstraZenecca Corporate Scholarship, Scholastic Art Award Silver Key

Research Experience

2015 - Present

Tishkoff Lab of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate Researcher
Conducting a genotype-phenotype association analysis of lactase persistence in ethnically diverse African populations


Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, New York, NY
Professional Research Mentorship, Reference: Leigh Schanfein 505-603-2867
Co-authored two papers for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Annual Conference based on my research: “Assessing the relationship between iliopsoas tightness, pelvic tilt, and lumbar spinal alignment among dancers” (Brief, October 2015) and “Pelvic Tilt and Knee Alignment in Student and Professional Ballet Dancers” (Poster, October 2015)

Work Experience

2015 - Present

William Street Commons, Philadelphia, PA


The Penny Farthing, New York, NY

2013 - 2014

New Deck Tavern, Philadelphia, PA

2011 - 2013

Sudbury Extended Day School, Sudbury, MA
Program Instructor
Worked as an assistant teacher in an after-school childcare program for elementary school students, including planning and supervising crafts and other activities.

Volunteer Experience

2014 - 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Mentor a 7th grade girl at Kipp West School in Philadelphia


University of Pennsylvania Museum Archives,
Archives Intern


Earthwatch Archaeology Expedition, Fort Arbeia, South Shields, England
Excavation Work

2002 - 2011

Girl Scouts of America
Led workshops for younger Girl Scouts on Astronomy, World Hunger, Orienteering, Self Esteem, Science, Camping Skills, and Art to Wear; Received Silver Award (2011)

2007 - 2013

S.T.O.P. (Students Together Opposing Prejudice)
An interfaith organization that teaches students to recognize and confront prejudice through group discussion, role-playing, and community action. Participant: 2007-2009; Leader 2009-2013.

Skills and Interests

Language: Over six years of French experience
Technology: Proficient in MS Office, Wordpress, Mac and Windows operating systems, SSPS Statistics
Interests: Piano, hiking, travel, archaeology