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 Juan Pablo Arroyo

Juan Pablo Arroyo

Juan Pablo Arroyo




M.A., Biological Anthropology, Biocultural Medical Anthropology concentration, University of South Florida

B.A. Health Education (Public Health), Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico

Advisor : Lorena Madrigal


My research interests include biocultural interactions, developmental plasticity, gene-environment interactions and norms of reaction. I seek to understand how ecological and psychosocial stressors, such as different forms of social inequality, influence growth and development, physical performance, reproductive success (evolutionary fitness) and health outcomes throughout the life course. My research focusses on maternal psychosocial stressors during pregnancy, offspring early exposure to stressors, developmental plasticity, and developmental programming of chronic diseases. I am particularly interested in skeletal-muscle developmental plasticity and its role on body composition, cardiovascular and metabolic health, and athletic performance.

For my dissertation research I am working with a social group of rhesus monkeys. This project focuses on maternal dominance rank within the social hierarchy, exposure to social stressors during pregnancy, and developmental plasticity and gene expression in the offspring’s skeletal-muscle.


Gonzalez MJ, Miranda-Massari JR, Duconge J, and Arroyo JP. 2014. Chronic Diseases as Inborn Errors of Metabolism: The Metabolic Correction Therapy Approach. International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine 2(1).

Arroyo JP. 2013. Exploring Potential Risk Factors of Fetal Origins of Diabetes: Maternal Stressors during Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes among Women in a Hospital in the Municipality of Caguas, Puerto Rico: University of South Florida (Master’s Thesis).

Batai K, Babrowski KB, Arroyo JP, Kusimba CM, and Williams SR. 2013. Mitochondrial DNA Diversity in Two Ethnic Groups in Southeastern Kenya: Perspectives from the Northeastern Periphery of the Bantu Expansion. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 150(3):482-491.


ANT 2511L - Biological Anthropology Laboratory (Instructor); ANT 2511 - Biological Anthropology (TA), for Dr. Lorena Madrigal; ANT 4516 - Human Variation (TA), for Dr. David Himmelgreen