Biocultural Anthropology Methods Lab


Bicultural Anthropology Methods Lab @Penn

Exploring the Human Experience Bioculturally.

The Biocultural Anthropology Methods Laboratory (BAMLab) is comprised of 345 square feet of Biosafety Level 2 certified wet-lab space located in the Penn Museum within the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. The laboratory contains equipment to support immunoassays analysis of human blood, saliva, and urine as well as the assessment of body composition. BAMLab supports research in growth and human development, body composition, intestinal health, and ecological immunology.

The Biocultural Anthropological Methods Laboratory Group (BAMLab Group) is a collaborative research and mentoring group association with BAMLab. The group started in the fall of 2018 under the guidance of Dr. Morgan Hoke. The group includes undergraduate, graduate, and prospective PhD students. The student group members have a wide range of interests including nutrition and diet, public health, demography, forensics, human evolution, biological sex, socioeconomics, behavioral science, and medicine. What unites us is a biocultural approach that takes seriously the inseparability of the biological and social realms and a desire to support each other through our academic undertakings. The lab has a number of ongoing research projects directed by Dr. Hoke included the Nu├▒oa Anthropological Project (NAP) as well as student run projects. Members of BAMLab receive close mentoring from Dr. Hoke, training in research and laboratory methods, and peer support as they learn all the elements of the research process from research design through publication and dissemination of findings.

For more information check out our BAMLab website.


Primary Supervising Faculty from Anthropology 

Dr. Morgan Hoke: mhoke@sas.upenn.edu