All of our research efforts strive to be collaborative and integrative. Our projects involve KU anthropology faculty, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and specialists in other fields whose expertise amplifies the inferences to be made from genetic data. Most importantly, we make every effort to involve community members and leaders of Indigenous groups who consult with the research team on research design, implementation, and outcomes, and ultimately provide permission to analyze the genetic variation of past populations in their region. We also frequently provide replication studies, or assist colleagues in documenting aDNA preservation and variation, in samples from a variety of locations in the Americas, Europe and Africa. In these cases, students and scholars from other institutions come to our labs to learn methods and conduct research in facilities not available at their local institutions. In recent months, we have hosted such visitors from the University of Oregon and the Universidad Maimónides in Argentina.
Please feel free to contact us with questions, concerns, or inquiries. We are particularly eager to hear from potential collaborators, potential graduate or undergraduate students, and any community members interested in or affected by our past or current research projects. This form can also be used for any press inquiries, or if you are interested in making a private or public donation to the KU Anthropological Genetics Research Facilities.