Having graduated with a PhD from Harvard's Organismic and Evolutionary Biology department in 2018, Jennifer Kotler currently works as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof Steven Pinker. She also serves as a lecturer in the Harvard Univeristy Psychology Department and the Human Evolutionary Biology Department. Through her interdisciplinary investigations of genomic imprinting and genetic disorders, Jennifer's dissertation research contributes to the growing field of evolutionary medicine.
Jennifer began her research career in Ontario, Canada, where she collaborated with the Family & Child Services of Waterloo to answer applied questions about child welfare using principles of genetic relatedness and kinship psychology. From there, she went on to work in psychosocial oncology and palliative care, with a focus on caregiver bereavement. In 2012 Jennifer began her graduate studies at Harvard. She continues to pursue collaborations with a broad range of talented researchers both locally and intentionally, including psychologists, evolutionary biologists, genetists, physicians and anthropologists.
Outside of the lab, Jennifer is an avid puzzler. She and her dog Juno enjoy the outdoors, and can often be found at one of Boston's local hiking trails. Juno is also a fan of the Harvard Natural History Museum, where she loves to greet visitors and help Jennifer with science outreach!