Dan T.A. Eisenberg
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Washington
Campus Box 353100
Seattle, WA 98195


  • PhD Northwestern University 2012
  • BS, Binghamton University 2005, Highest Honors in Anthropology, Biology Minor and Evolutionary Studies Certificate.



    Peer Reviewed Publications


    62. Lindrose AR, McLester-Davis LWY, Tristano RI, Kataria L, Gadalla SM, Eisenberg DTA, . . . Drury S. in press. Method comparison studies of telomere length measurement using qPCR approaches: a critical appraisal of the literature. PLOS ONE. (Preprint: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.1109.1104.282632v282631).

    61. *Pan TD, Kanaan SB, Lee NR, Avila JL, Nelson JL, Eisenberg DTA. 2020. Predictors of maternal-origin microchimerism in young women in the Philippines. Am J Phys Anthropol.

    60. Hastings WJ, Eisenberg DTA, Shalev I. 2020. Uninterruptible Power Source Improves Precision of Telomere Length Measurement via qPCR. Experimental Results.

    59. *Pepke ML, Eisenberg DTA. 2020. Accounting for phylogenetic relatedness in cross-species analyses of telomere shortening rates. Experimental Results 1:e11.

    58. Kuzawa CW, Adair L, Bechayda SA, Borja JRB, Carba DB, Duazo PL, Eisenberg DTA, Georgiev AV, Gettler LT, Lee NR, Quinn EA, Rosenbaum S, Rutherford JN, Ryan CP, McDade TW. 2020. Evolutionary life history theory as an organising framework for cohort studies: insights from the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey. Ann Hum Biol 47(2):94-105.

    57. *Rej PH, Bondy MH, Lin J, Prather AA, Kohrt BA, Worthman CM, and Eisenberg DTA. 2020. Telomere length analysis from minimally-invasively collected samples: Methods development and meta-analysis of the validity of different sampling techniques. Am J Hum Biol n/a(n/a):e23410.

    56. Eisenberg DTA, Rej PH, Duazo P, Carba D, Hayes MG, Kuzawa CW. 2020. Testing for paternal influences on offspring telomere length in a human cohort in the Philippines. Am J Phys Anthropol 171(3):520-528. [Pre-registered protocol available via doi: 10.17605/OSF.IO/MB6TE]

    55. Bateson M, Eisenberg DTA, Nettle D. 2019. Controlling for baseline telomere length biases estimates of the rate of telomere attrition. Royal Society Open Science.

    54. Masterson EE, Hayes MG, Kuzawa CW, Lee N, Eisenberg DTA. 2019. Early childhood growth and adult blood telomere length: A longitudinal study from the Philippines. AJHB.

    53. Eisenberg Dan TA, Lee Nanette R, Rej Peter H, Hayes MG, Kuzawa Christopher W. 2019. Older paternal ages and grandpaternal ages at conception predict longer telomeres in human descendants. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 286(1903):20190800. [Pre-registered protocol available via DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/H47US]

    52. Rej PH, Tennyson RL, Lee NR, Eisenberg DTA. 2019. Years of caregiving for chronically ill and disabled family members is not associated with telomere length in the Philippines. Psychoneuroendocrinology 103:188-194. [Pre-registered protocol available via DOI  10.17605/OSF.IO/A9XBU]

    51. Horvath K, Eisenberg DTA, Stone R, Anderson JJ, Kark JD, Aviv A. 2019. Paternal Age and Transgenerational Telomere Length Maintenance: A Simulation Model. Scientific Reports 9(1):20.

    50. Klegarth A, Eisenberg D. 2018. Copy Number Variants (CNVs) In: The International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology, Wenda Trevathan (ed). John Wiley and Sons.

    49. Klegarth A, Eisenberg D. 2018. Chromosome In: The International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology, Wenda Trevathan (ed). John Wiley and Sons.

    48. Ryan CP, Hayes MG, Lee NR, McDade TW, Jones MJ, Kobor MS, . . . Eisenberg DTA. 2018. Reproduction predicts shorter telomeres and epigenetic age acceleration among young adult women. Scientific Reports 8(1):11100.

    47. Klegarth AR, Eisenberg DTA. 2018. Mammalian chromosome–telomere length dynamics. Royal Society Open Science 5(7).

    46. Tennyson RL, Gettler LT, Kuzawa CW, Hayes MG, Borja J, Eisenberg DTA. 2018. Lifetime socioeconomic status and early life microbial environments predict adult blood telomere length in the Philippines. Am J Hum Biol 30(5):e23145.

    45. Gielen M, Hageman GJ, Antoniou EE, Nordfjall K, Mangino M, Balasubramanyam M, . .Eisenberg DTA... Telomaas group. 2018. Body mass index is negatively associated with telomere length: a collaborative cross-sectional meta-analysis of 87 observational studies. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 108(3):453-475.

    44. Masterson EE, Fitzpatrick AL, Enquobahrie DA, Mancl LA, Eisenberg DTA, Conde E, Hujoel PP. 2018. Dental enamel defects predict adolescent health indicators: A cohort study among the Tsimane' of Bolivia. Am J Hum Biol 30(3):e23107.

    43. Eisenberg DTA, Kuzawa CW. 2018. The paternal age at conception effect on offspring telomere length: mechanistic, comparative and adaptive perspectives. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 373(1741).

    42. Goldman EA, Eick GN, Compton D, Kowal P, Snodgrass JJ, Eisenberg DTA, Sterner KN. 2017. Evaluating minimally invasive sample collection methods for telomere length measurement. Am J Hum Biol:e23062.

    41. Ryan CP, Georgiev AV, McDade TW, Gettler LT, Eisenberg DTA, Rzhetskaya M, Agustin SS, Hayes MG, Kuzawa CW. 2017. Androgen receptor polyglutamine repeat length (AR-CAGn) modulates the effect of testosterone on androgen-associated somatic traits in Filipino young adult men. Am J Phys Anthropol.

    40. Eisenberg DTA, Borja JB, Hayes MG, Kuzawa CW. 2017. Early life infection, but not breastfeeding, predicts adult blood telomere lengths in the Philippines. Am J Hum Biol.

    39. Gettler LT, Ryan CP, Eisenberg DTA, Rzhetskaya M, Hayes MG, Feranil AB, Bechayda SA, Kuzawa CW. 2017. The role of testosterone in coordinating male life history strategies: The moderating effects of the androgen receptor CAG repeat polymorphism. Horm Behav 87:164-175.

    38. Eisenberg DTA, Tackney J, Cawthon RM, Cloutier CT, Hawkes K. 2016. Paternal age of reproduction in chimpanzees and humans across two generations and descendants telomere lengths. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

    37. Eisenberg D. 2016. Telomere Length Measurement Validity: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) is invalid and cannot be used to compare qPCR and Southern Blot telomere length measurement techniques. Int J Epidemiol

    36. Ryan, C.P., McDade, T.W., Gettler, L.T., Eisenberg, D.T.A., Rzhetskaya, M., Hayes, M.G. & Kuzawa, C.W. 2016. Androgen receptor CAG repeat polymorphism and hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal function in Filipino young adult males. American Journal of Human Biology.

    35. Bethancourt HJ, Kratz M, Hayes MG, Kuzawa CW, Borja JB, Duazo PL, Beresford SAA, and Eisenberg DTA. in press. No Association between Blood Telomere Length and Longitudinally-Assessed Diet or Adiposity or Diet in a Young Adult Filipino Population. European Journal of Nutrition.

    34. Eisenberg DT, Kuzawa CW, Hayes MG. 2015. Improving qPCR telomere length assays: Controlling for well position effects increases statistical power. Am J Hum Biol 27(4):570-575.

    33. Mangino M, Christiansen L, Stone R, Hunt SC, Horvath K, Eisenberg DT, . . . Aviv A. 2015. DCAF4, a novel gene associated with leucocyte telomere length. J Med Genet 52(3):157-162.

    32. De Meyer T, and Eisenberg DTA. 2015. Possible technical and biological explanations for the `parental telomere length inheritance discrepancy' enigma. Eur J Hum Genet 23(1):3-4.


    31. Kuzawa CW, Eisenberg DTA. 2014. The Long Reach of History: Intergenerational Pathways to Plasticity in Human Lifespan. In: Weinstein M, Lane MA, editors. Society, Hierarchy, Health: Comparative Biodemography (Papers from a Workshop). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. p 450 pp.

    30. Eisenberg DTA. 2014. Inconsistent inheritance of telomere length (TL): is offspring TL more strongly correlated with maternal or paternal TL? European Journal of Human Genetics 22(1):8-9.

    29. Zeng W, Eisenberg DTA, Jovel KR, Undurraga EA, Nyberg C, Tanner S, Reyes-García V, Leonard WR, Castaño J, Huanca T and others. 2013. Adult obesity: Panel study from native Amazonians. Economics & Human Biology 11(2):227-235.

    28. Magvanjav O, Undurraga EA, Eisenberg DTA, Zeng W, Dorjgochoo T, Leonard WR, TAPS Bolivian Study Team, Godoy RA. 2013. Sibling composition and children's anthropometric indicators of nutritional status: Evidence from native Amazonians in Bolivia. Annals of Human Biology 40(1):23-34.

    27. Zeng W, Undurraga EA, Nyberg C, Eisenberg DTA, Parida S, Zycherman A, Magvanjav O, Reyes-García V, Tanner S, Bolivian Taps Study Team and others. 2013. Sibling Composition During Childhood and Adult Blood Pressure Among Native Amazonians in Bolivia. Economics and Human Biology 11(3):391-400.

    26. Eisenberg DTA, Hayes MG, Kuzawa CW. 2012. Delayed paternal age of reproduction in humans is associated with longer telomeres across two generations of descendants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109(26):10251-10256. (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1202092109).Access the recommendation on F1000 Prime

    Selected associated press coverage appeared in: PRI/BBC The World, Associated Press, BBC, The Daily Telegraph, The Seattle Times, Global News, CBS News, Jezebel, La Tercera, The Daily Mail, Bloomberg, COSMOS

    25. Kuzawa C, Eisenberg DTA. 2012. Intergenerational predictors of birth weight in the Philippines: Correlations with mother's and father's birth weight and test of maternal constraint. PLoS ONE 7(7): e40905.

    24. Zeng, W., Undurraga, E. A., Eisenberg, D. T. A., Rubio-Jovel, K., Reyes-García, V., Team, T., & Godoy, R. (2012). Sibling composition and child educational attainment: Evidence from native Amazonians in Bolivia. Economics of Education Review.

    23. Undurraga EA, Zebrowitz L, Eisenberg DTA, Reyes-García V, Godoy RA, TAPS Bolivia Study Team. 2012. The Perceived Benefits of Height: Strength, Dominance, Social Concern, and Knowledge among Bolivian Native Amazonians. PLoS ONE 7(5):e35391.

    22. Zebrowitz LA, Wang R, Bronstad PM, Eisenberg D, Undurraga E, Reyes-Garcia V, Godoy R. 2012. First Impressions from Faces Among U.S. and Culturally Isolated Tsimane' People in the Bolivian Rainforest. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 43(1): 119-134.

    21. Eisenberg DTA. 2011. An evolutionary review of human telomere biology: The thrifty telomere hypothesis and notes on potential adaptive paternal effects. American Journal of Human Biology 23(2):149-167. [Supplementary File 1; Supplementary File 2]

    Evaluating force of selection against human cancers

    20. Eisenberg DTA, Kuzawa CW, Hayes MG, Salpea KD, Humphries SE, EARS II group. 2011. Substantial variation in qPCR measured mean blood telomere lengths in young men from eleven European countries. American Journal of Human Biology 23(2):228-231. [Supplementary Materials]

    19. Eisenberg DTA, Hayes MG. 2011. Testing the null hypothesis: comments on “Culture-gene coevolution of individualism-collectivism and the serotonin transporter gene”. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 278(1704):329-332. [Supplementary Materials]

    Principal component 1 (representing population structure) has a strong association
    with 5-HTTLPR allele frequency in Europe ( r(14) = -0.81).

    18. Eisenberg DTA, Kuzawa CW, Hayes MG. 2010. Worldwide allele frequencies of the human apoliprotein E (APOE) gene: climate, local adaptations and evolutionary history. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143(1):100-111.

    Distribution of human APOE allele frequencies around the world
    Association of APOE allele frequencies with latitude

    17. Eisenberg DTA, Apicella CL, Campbell BC, Dreber A, Garcia JR, Lum JK. 2010. Assortative human pair-bonding for partner ancestry and allelic variation of the dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4) gene. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (Special Issue on Cultural Neuroscience). 5(2-3):194-202.

    16. Campbell BC, Dreber A, Apicella CL, Eisenberg DTA, Gray PB, Little AC, Garcia JR, Zamore RS, Lum JK. 2010. Testosterone exposure, dopaminergic reward, and sensation-seeking in young men. Physiology & Behavior. 99(4) 451-456.

    15. Morehart CT, Eisenberg DTA. 2010. Prosperity, power, and change: Modeling maize at Postclassic Xaltocan, Mexico. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 29:94-112.

    14. Undurraga EA, Godoy R, Nyberg C, Eisenberg DTA, Magvanjav O, Reyes-García V, Huanca T, Leonard WR, McDade TW, Tanner S and others. 2010. Individual wealth rank, community wealth inequality, and self-reported adult poor health. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 24(4):552-548.

    13. Godoy R, Nyberg C, Eisenberg DTA, Magvanjav O, Shinnar E, Leonard WR, Gravlee C, Reyes-García V, Mcdade TW, Huanca T and others. 2010. Short but catching up: Statural growth among native Amazonian Bolivian children. American Journal of Human Biology 22(3):336-347.

    12. Godoy R, Magvanjav O, Nyberg C, Eisenberg DTA, McDade TW, Leonard WR, Reyes-García V, Huanca T, Tanner S, Gravlee C. 2010. Why no adult stunting penalty or height premium?: Estimates from native Amazonians in Bolivia. Economics & Human Biology 8(1):88-99.

    11. Undurraga EA, Eisenberg DTA, Magvanjav O, Wang R, Leonard WR, McDade TW, Reyes-García V, Nyberg C, Tanner S, Huanca T and others. 2010. Human's Cognitive Ability to Assess Facial Cues from Photographs: A Study of Sexual Selection in the Bolivian Amazon. PLoS ONE 5(6):e11027.

    Associated press coverage appeared in: COSMOS, abc DIGITAL, epa, Globovision, Yahoo! España NOTICIAS, Los Tiempos, La Cronica De Hoy, Cambio, terra NOTICIAS,

    10. Dreber A, Apicella CL, Eisenberg DTA, Garcia JR, Zamore RS, Lum JK, Campbell B. 2009. The 7R polymorphism in the dopamine D4 receptor gene (DRD4) is associated with financial risk-taking in men. Evolution and Human Behavior 30(2):85-92.

    9. Campbell BC, Gray PB, Eisenberg DTA, Ellison P, Sorenson MD. 2009. Androgen receptor CAG repeats and body composition among Ariaal men. International Journal of Andrology 32(2):140-148.

    8. Eisenberg DTA, Campbell B, Gray PB, Sorenson MD. 2008. Dopamine receptor genetic polymorphisms and body composition in undernourished pastoralists: An exploration of nutrition indices among nomadic and recently settled Ariaal men of northern Kenya. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8(173).

    Associated press coverage appeared in: The Economist, Newsweek, Discover, The Times (London), Scientific American (podcast), Slate, "Eight Forty-Eight" on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, New Scientist, Daily Telegraph, ABC News, Focus Online, jungeWelt, wissenschaft, Agence France-Presse, UPI, ScienceAGoGo, Science Daily, Medical News Today, Weiner Zeitung

    7. Godoy R, Eisenberg DTA, Reyes-Garcia V, Huanca T, Leonard WR, McDade TW, Tanner S, TAPS Bolivian Research Team. 2008. Assortative mating and offspring well-being: theory and empirical findings from a native Amazonian society in Bolivia. Evolution and Human Behavior 29(3):201-210.

    6. Godoy R, Goodman E, Reyes-Garcia V, Eisenberg DTA, Leonard WR, Huanca T, McDade TW, Tanner S, TAPS Bolivian Study Team. 2008. Rain, temperature, and child-adolescent height among Native Amazonians in Bolivia. Annals of Human Biology 35(3):276-93.

    5. MacKillop J, Murphy JG, Ray LA, Eisenberg DTA, Lisman SA, Lum JK, Wilson DS. 2008. Further validation of a cigarette purchase task for assessing the relative reinforcing efficacy of nicotine in college smokers. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 16(1):57-65.

    4. Eisenberg DTA, MacKillop J, Modi M, Beauchemin J, Dang D, Lisman SA, Lum JK, Wilson DS. 2007. Examining Impulsivity as an Endophenotype Using a Behavioral Approach: A DRD2 TaqI A and DRD4 48-bp VNTR Association Study. Behavioral and Brain Functions 3(2).

    3. Eisenberg DTA, Campbell B, MacKillop J, Lum JK, Wilson DS. 2007. Season of Birth and Dopamine Receptor Gene Associations with Impulsivity, Sensation Seeking and Reproductive Behaviors. PLoS ONE 11:e1216.

    2. Eisenberg DTA, Campbell B, MacKillop J, Modi M, Dang D, Lum JK, Wilson DS. 2007. Polymorphisms in the Dopamine D2 and D4 Receptor Genes and Reproductive, Sexual and Life History Behaviors. Evolutionary Psychology 5(4):696-715.

    1. Campbell B, Eisenberg DTA. 2007. Obesity, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, and the Dopaminergic Reward System. Collegium Antropologicum 31(1):315-319.


    Chapters, commentaries, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, popular media

    8. Eisenberg DTA. 2019. Paternal age at conception effects on offspring telomere length across species—What explains the variability? PLoS Genet 15(2):e1007946.

    7. Rej PH, Eisenberg DTA. 2018. Telomere Depletion. In: Shackelford TK, Weekes-Shackelford VA, editors. Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Cham: Springer International Publishing. p 1-7.

    6. Monaghan P, Eisenberg DTA, Harrington L, Nussey D. 2018. Understanding diversity in telomere dynamics. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 373(1741).

    5. Hill, A. K. and D. T. Eisenberg (2016). INVITED RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT: The long and the short of it: new insights on sperm length help demystify the complexities of sexual selection. Asian Journal of Andrology.

    4. Eisenberg DT, and Kuzawa CW. 2013. Commentary: The evolutionary biology of the paternal age effect on telomere length. International Journal of Epidemiology.

    3. Eisenberg D, Campbell B. 2011. The Evolution of ADHD: Social Context Matters. San Francisco Medicine 84(8):21-22.

    2. Babu E, Eisenberg DTA. 2010. Book review of "Where There Is No Doctor" by David Werner. JAMA 303(9):885-886.
    [An extended version of this review is available here; Book is available as a PDF for free from the publishers]

    Number of Inhabitants per Doctor

    1. Eisenberg DTA. 2008. Anthropology in the United States - When Dialogue is the Discipline: A Multi-Level Evolutionary Consideration of Knowledge Production. In: Frédéric Darbellay MC, Jérôme Billotte, Francis Waldvogel, editor. A Vision of Transdisciplinarity, Laying Foundations for a World Knowledge Dialogue: EPFL Press.





    Post-doc advisor:
    Rej, Peter (PhD 2017, University of Florida). Anthropology, University of Washington. 2017-
    Klegarth, Amy (PhD 2015, Notre Dame). Anthropology, University of Washington. (Co-sponsored with Lisa Jones-Engel). 2015-2017. Now Account Manager at Bio-Rad.

    PhD advisor:
    Grunspan, Daniel. Anthropology, University of Washington. (Co-advised with Steven Goodreau). Completed 2016. Post-doctoral fellow at Arizona State University with Randolph Nesse and Sara Brownell.
    Pan, Tiffany. Anthropology, University of Washington. Completed 2019. Post-doctoral fellow at UC Santa Barbara with Amy Boddy.
    Tennyson, Robert. Anthropology, University of Washington. In progress.
    Rebecca Ortega, Anthropology, University of Washington. In progress.

    MPH committee member:
    Bethancourt, Hilary. Public Health (and Anthropology), University of Washington. Completed in 2014. In UW anthropology PhD program.

    Graduate school representative committee member:
    Wolf, Aaron, Genome Sciences, University of Washington. In Progress.
    Meacham, Frazer L. Biology, University of Washington. In progress.
    Popejoy, Alice B. Public Health Genetics, University of Washington. In progress.
    Walker, Lorelei E. Public Health Genetics, University of Washington. PhD 2015
    Marionni, Samuel T. Chemistry, University of Washington. 2013

    Undergraduate Departmental Honors Program in Anthropology Advisor:
    Kevin Magnaye. BA 2015. Now a PhD student at the University of Chicago, Department of Human Genetics.


    Ad-hoc Reviewer (see http://publons.com/a/1314148/ for record of verified reviews):
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Evolutionary Anthropology; PLOS Genetics; American Journal of Physical Anthropology; American Journal of Human Biology; American Anthropologist; Proceedings of the Royal Society B; Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B; International Journal of Epidemiology; Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health; Molecular Ecology; Human Reproduction Update; PLoS ONE; International Journal of Obesity; Population Studies; European Journal of Epidemiology; Haematologica; Genes & Immunity; Evolution & Human Behavior; European Journal of Human Genetics; Heredity; Human Reproduction; Reproduction; Scientific Reports (Nature) Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience; American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics; Developmental Psychobiology; Naturwissenschaften; Nature Reviews Urology; Behavioral and Brain Functions; Translational Psychiatry; Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry; Journal of Psychiatric Research; European Journal of Personality; Endangered Species Research; Archives of Oral Biology; Primates, Pathogens and Evolution – Springer – book chapter; Biological Psychiatry; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; Computers in Human Behavior; Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A; Book proposal for Springer; Book Proposal for Routledge.




    All references in American Journal of Human Biology Format