People


HOFMAN WORKING GROUP

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 Academia.edu
Email: courtney.hofman@ou.edu

 

Nihan Dilsad KilicNihan Dilsad Dagtas
Research Fellow
Research Interests: Ancient DNA; Human-Animal Interactions; Population Genetics; Molecular Evolution; Phylogeography
See also: ResearchGate
Email: nihandd@ou.edu

 

Rita AustinRita Austin
PhD Student
Research Interests: Museum biomolecules and collections; conservation and curation techniques; differential biomolecule recovery; human pathogens; bioarchaeology; osteology
Email: rmaustin@ou.edu

 

Robin Singleton
Robin Singleton
PhD Student
Research Interests: Molecular and Conservation Anthropologys
Email: rgsingleton@ou.edu
 

 

Kristen RayfieldKristen Rayfield
PhD Student
Research Interests: Molecular Anthropology; Oral Microbiome; Dental Calculus; co-evolution of pathogens and humans; paleopathology; bioarchaeology
Email: kristen.m.rayfield-1@ou.edu
 

 

Sterling Wright

Sterling Wright
Master’s Student
Research Interests: Microbiomes, Dental Calculus, Archaeogenetics, Bioarchaeology, Pathogenomics
Email: sterlingwright2016@ou.edu

 

 

Karissa Hughes
Karissa Hughes – Undergraduate

 

 

 

 

ALUMNI

Karissa Hughes
Mecca Djahedian – Undergraduate

 

 

 

Karissa Hughes
Husayn Ramji – Undergraduate

 

 

 

VISITING SCHOLARS

Janet-C. Buckner
Janet C. Buckner – Visiting Postdoc

 

 

 

Jacob Hafner
Hannah Wellman – Visiting PhD Student

 

 

 

Karissa Hughes
LaShanda Williams – Visiting PhD Student

 
 

 

 

KEMP WORKING GROUP

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
Email: bmkemp@ou.edu

 

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: Academia.edu
Email: monroecara@ou.edu

 

Brittany BinghamBrittany Bingham
Research Assistant
Research Interests: Ancient DNA, Human Evolution, Peopling of the Americas, and Primatology.
Email: brittany.l.bingham-1@ou.edu

 

 

Raven BlankenshipRaven Blankenship
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Research Interests: Human Evolution
Email: Raven.L.Blankenship-1@ou.edu

 

 

Karissa Hughes
Mary Faith Flores
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Research Interests: Ancient DNA, Human-animal interactions, molecular biology
Email: mary.faith.c.flores-1@ou.edu

Golya Shahrokhi – Graduate Student

Upuli DeSilva – Undergraduate Research Assistant

ALUMNI

Ryan Frome – Undergraduate

Marie Labonte – Undergraduate

VISITING SCHOLARS

LEWIS WORKING GROUP

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: cmlewis@ou.edu

 

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

 

Dave JacobsonDave Jacobson
PhD Student
Research Interests: Reproductive Microbiome; Evolutionary Medicine; Population Genetics; Public Health; Brazil
Email: dkjacobson@ou.edu

 

 

Justin LundJustin Lund
PhD Student
Research Interests: Molecular Anthropology; Ancient DNA; Population Genetics; Peopling of the Americas
Email: justinlund@ou.edu

 

 

Jacob HaffnerJacob Haffner
Master’s Student
Research interests: Molecular anthropology; Metabolomics; Paleopathology; Human microbiome; Epidemiology
Email: jacob.haffner@ou.edu

 

 

Abigail Gamble
Master’s Student
Research interests: Ancestry; Population genetics; Human microbiome; Bioarchaeology; Ancient DNA
Email: abigail.gamble@ou.edu

 
 

ALUMNI

Dr. Allison Mann – PhD

Dr. Andrew Ozga – PhD

Dr. Lauren Cleeland – PhD

Dr. Alexandra Obregon-Tito – PhD

MCCALL WORKING GROUP

 

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
Email: lmccall@ou.edu

 

Shelley Kane
Research Technician

 

 

 

Dr. Ekram HossainDr. Ekram Hossain
Post-Doc

 

 

 

Danya Dean
Graduate Student (rotation)

 

 

 

Karina Flores
Undergraduate

 

 

 

Gautham
Undergraduate

 

 

 

Adwaita Ramesh Parab
Undergraduate

 

 

 

ALUMNI


Danyang Li

 
 

 

 

SANKARANARAYANAN WORKING GROUP

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
Email: ksankar@ou.edu

Sharmily Khanam
Dr. Sharmily Khanam (Co-listed with Dr. Cecil Lewis)
Post-Doctoral Researcher
Email: khanams@ou.edu

 

 

Christine Woelfel-Monsivais
Christine Woelfel-Monsivais
PhD Student
Research Interests: Forensic Microbiology, Metagenomics, Decomposition Microbiome
Email: christinewm@ou.edu

 

Sam Miller
Samuel Miller
PhD Student
Research Interests: Human microbiome; Microbial Ecology; metagenomics, food microbiology; cave microbiology; white nose syndrome; anaerobes
Email: sammiller@ou.edu

 

Annie Doyle
Annie Doyle
Master’s Student
Research Interests: Clinical and pathogenic microbiology; gut microbiome; bioinformatics; microbial evolution
Email: annie.dills@ou.edu

 

ALUMNI

Dr. Nisha Patel

Jaycie Thaemert

Manny Donkor

STAFF

 

Elizabeth Young
Elizabeth Young
Managerial Associate I
Email: elizabeth.s.young@ou.edu

 

 

RESEARCH AFFILIATES

tina-5Dr. Christina Warinner
Group Leader of Microbiome Sciences
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History; University Professor of Biological Sciences

 

 

 

Paul LawsonDr. Paul Lawson
Professor of Microbiology
University of Oklahoma
 

 

 

Paul Spicer
Dr. Paul Spicer

Professor of Anthropology
University of Oklahoma

 

 

Stephanie Schnorr
Dr. Stephanie Schnorr
Postdoctoral Fellow
Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research