Courtney HoffmanDr. Courtney Hofman
Laboratory Co-Director
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Research Interests: Ancient DNA; Microbiomes; Historical Ecology; Mitogenomes; Human-Environment Interactions
See also: OU Faculty PageResearchGate and


Tanvi HonapDr. Tanvi Honap
Assistant Research Professor of Anthropology
Research Interests: Pathogen Evolution; Zoonotic Diseases; Ancient DNA; Microbiomes; Bioinformatics
See also: ResearchGate, LinkedIn


Dr. Brian KempDr. Brian Kemp
Laboratory Co-Director
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Research Interests: Ancient DNA; Forensics, Population History, Human-Animal Interactions
See also: OU Faculty Page


Dr. Cecil LewisDr. Cecil M. Lewis, Jr.
Laboratory Co-Director
Presidential Research Professor, Professor of Anthropology
Research Interests: Ancient DNA, Human Microbiome, Population Genetics; Disease-Associated Genetic Variation;
See also: OU Faculty Page, ResearchGate
Office Phone: 405-325-3415; Email:


Laura-Isobel McCallDr. Laura-Isobel McCall
Assistant Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research Interests: host-parasite interactions; microbial disease pathogenesis; microbiome and disease susceptibility; disease tropism; metabolomics; mass spectrometry; chemical cartography
See also: OU Faculty Page, ResearchGateLaboratory


Dr. Krithi SankaranarayananDr. Krithi Sankaranarayanan
Laboratory Co-Director
Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Research Interests: Microbial Ecology; Biogeography, Evolution, and Phylogenetics; Microbiome Informatics; Microbiome-Host Interactions; Ancient DNA; Evolution in Hypersaline Ecosystems
See also: OU Faculty PageResearchGate, Laboratory


tina-5Dr. Christina Warinner (on sabbatical)
Laboratory Co-Director
Presidential Research Professor, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Adjunct Professor of Periodontics
Research Interests: Molecular Biology; Evolutionary Medicine; Ancient DNA; Paleodietary Reconstruction; Oral Microbiome
See also: OU Faculty Page, ResearchGate and
Office Phone: 405-325-2946; Email:



John BoydJohn Boyd
IT Analyst




Dr. Cara MonroeDr. Cara Monroe
Research Scientist
Research Interests: North American archaeology, ancient DNA, Forensic DNA, Population genetics, Cultural response to environmental and social change
See also:


Nihan Dilsad KilicNihan Dilsad Kilic
Research Fellow
Research Interests: Ancient DNA; Human-Animal Interactions; Population Genetics; Molecular Evolution; Phylogeography
See also: ResearchGate


Erica PalmerErica Palmer
Research Assistant




Jiawu XuDr. Jiawu Xu
Laboratory Manager
Research Interests: Population Genetics/Genomics; Anthropological Genetics; Molecular Evolution; Phylogeography; Ancient DNA; Microbiomes
See also: ResearchGate
Laboratory Phone: 405-325-7381


Elizabeth YoungElizabeth Young
Managerial Associate
Administration and Finance – Center for Microbial and Anthropological Sciences
See also: Office of the Vice President for Research
Phone: 405-213-8156




Rita AustinRita Austin
PhD Student
Research Interests: Non-Human Primate Microbiomes; Comparative Skeletal Anatomy; Osteology



Brittany BinghamBrittany Bingham
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Research Interests: Ancient DNA, Human Evolution, Peopling of the Americas, and Primatology.



Raven BlankenshipRaven Blankenship
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Research Interests: Human Evolution



Ryan FromeRyan Frome
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Research Interests: Ancient DNA; Human-Animal Interactions
Email: ryannf96@ou.edun



Jacob HaffnerJacob Haffner
Master’s Student
Research interests: Molecular anthropology; Paleopathology; Human microbiome; Epidemiology



Dave JacobsonDave Jacobson
PhD Student
Research Interests: Reproductive Microbiome; Evolutionary Medicine; Population Genetics; Public Health; Brazil



Marie LabonteMarie Labonte
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Research Interests: Ancient DNA, Human Evolution



Joy Li
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Research Interests: Genetics, Molecular Evolution, Biomedical Science, Neuroscience, and Cell Biology



Justin LundJustin Lund
PhD Student
Research Interests: Molecular Anthropology; Ancient DNA; Population Genetics; Peopling of the Americas



Allison MannAllison Mann
PhD Student
Research Interests: Parasitism, bioinformatics, ancient DNA



Nisha Patel
PhD Student
Research Interests: Anaerobic Microbiology; Gut Microbiome; Chemotaxonomy; Characterization of Novel Organisms
See also: ResearchGate, LinkedIn


Christine Woelfel-MonsivaisChristine Woelfel-Monsivais
Master’s Student
Research Interests: Forensic Microbiology, Metagenomics, Decomposition Microbiome



Sterling WrightSterling Wright
Master’s Student
Research Interests: Microbiomes, Dental Calculus, Archaeogenetics, Bioarchaeology, Pathogenomics





Paul LawsonDr. Paul Lawson
Director, Center for Microbial Identification and Taxonomy
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology
University of Oklahoma
Office Phone: 405-325-4426
Research Interests: Microbiology, Environmental Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Anaerobic Microbiology; Microbial taxonomy
See also: OU Faculty Page

Dr. Stephanie Schnorr
Postdoctoral Researcher
Research Interests: Human Diet; Digestive and Metabolic Physiology; Subsistence Technology; Hunter-Gatherers; Brain Development; Host-Microbiome Relationship; Ancient DNA
See also: ResearchGate and


Paul SpicerDr. Paul Spicer
Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of Oklahoma
Office Phone: 405-325-9291
Research Interests: Anthropologies of Health and Human Development; Medical, Psychological, and Educational Anthropology; Alcoholism, Obesity, Genetics; Native North America
See also: OU Faculty Page



Andrew2Dr. Andrew Ozga
Alumnus (PhD)
Research Interests: Human Viromes; Population Genetics; Health of Indigenous Peoples; Ancient DNA; Human Microbiomes; Paleopathology



Cleeland-smDr. Lauren Cleeland
Alumna (PhD)
Research Interests: Prehistoric Parasitism; Southern Plains Archaeology; Ancient DNA; Prehistoric Diet; Lithic Analysis; Prehistoric Ecological Management



HagenRichard Hagan
Alumnus (MA)
Research Interests: Anthropological Genetics; Human-Microbe Coevolution; Diet and Disease; Microorganisms in the Development of Human Food Technologies



AlexandraDr. Alexandra Obregon-Tito
Alumna (PhD) and International Project Coordinator




RaulRaul Tito
Former Research Associate






Maria3-sm2Maria Nieves Colon
PhD Student, Arizona State University




IMG_4076-jessie-sm-smJessica Hendy
PhD Student, University of York, UK




Mian LeeMian Li
PhD Student, Binghamton University, US




PatrickPatrick Schiller
Undergraduate Student, Harvard College




IMG_4995 copy 2Joel Olvera
MA Student, UNAM, Mexico




AnaMorales_cropAna Morales
PhD Student, University of Calgary, Canada




IMG_0482-cropIrina Velsko
Postdoc, Oxford University, UK




Hannah WellmanHannah Wellman
PhD Student, University of Oregon




IMG_4071-kirsten-sm-smKirsten Ziesemer
PhD Student, Leiden University, Netherlands