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Deena Emera

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Author of A Brief History of the Female Body (Sourcebooks)

Evolutionary Biologist, Writer, and Teacher

Deena Emera, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist in the Center for Reproductive Longevity and Equality at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Deena has a unique training and research background, with a bachelor’s from UC Berkeley in Integrative Biology and Middle Eastern Studies, a master’s from SFSU in Secondary Education, a master’s from NYU in Physical Anthropology, a Ph.D. from Yale in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and a postdoctoral fellowship from the Yale School of Medicine in Genetics.  She has published academic articles on a range of topics, including on the evolution of the brain, hand, and uterus. Much of her research has focused on the evolution of female biology, which is the subject of her book A Brief History of the Female Body: An Evolutionary Look at How and Why the Female Form Came to Be, forthcoming with Sourcebooks. Deena lives in Mill Valley, CA with her husband and four children. 


A Brief History of the Female Body

A Brief History of the Female Body

Sourcebooks, August 15, 2023