Laboratory of Molecular Anthropology at Penn

The Laboratory of Molecular Anthropology at Penn (LMAP), directed by Dr. Theodore Schurr, uses fieldwork and laboratory analyses to investigate the origins, dispersal and genetic diversification of human and primate populations. Research being conducted in the LMAP includes studies within the broadly defined fields of human evolutionary genetics, mitochondrial biology and disease, biomedical genetics, and primate genetics. Over the past decade, LMAP researchers have undertaken projects based in Canada, the Caucasus, Melanesia, Mexico, Siberia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United States. The LMAP also serves as the North American Regional Center for the Genographic Project. This wide range of projects has provided an essential comparative perspective on human and primate genetic diversity in different parts of the world, and underscored the importance of understanding normal genetic variation for studies of human health and disease. The LMAP is located on the second floor of the Leidy Labs Building in the Department of Biology and is comprised of 750 square feet of Biosafety Level 2 certified wet-lab space. The laboratory is fully equipped to conduct molecular biology research, including methods such as basic and quantitative PCR, electrophoresis, DNA sequencing, and SNP and STR genotyping, and has the computational resources required for the statistical and phylogenetic analysis of DNA data.

For more information, check out the LMAP website, here.