Ripan S. Malhi, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
Ripan S. Malhi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, School of Integrative Biology and Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is a molecular anthropologist who collaborates with indigenous communities to study the evolutionary histories of Native Americans. He also organizes the Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING), a workshop for indigenous students to learn innovative concepts and methods in the life sciences.
Graciela Cabana, University of Tennessee, USA
Graciela Cabana is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her work explores the intersections of behavioral, morphological, and genetic phenomena in past and present human demography. Her specific research interests include migration theory, ancient DNA studies in bioarchaeological contexts, as well as the current social and ethical impact of genetics and genomics.
Murray Cox, Massey University, New Zealand
Murray P. Cox is Professor of Computational Biology at Massey University, New Zealand. He has particular interest in modeling genome dynamics – establishing how genetic variation is distributed within and between individual genomes, and determining how this diversity changes over evolutionary time. Drawing heavily on statistics and computer science with a solid foundation in genetics and anthropology, he designs and implements novel algorithms, largely in the fields of coalescent theory, demographic inference and high-throughput sequencing. He is currently applying these tools to reconstruct aspects of human prehistory, especially linking global patterns of diversity to the evolutionary dynamics of small communities.
Yinqiu Cui, Jilin University, China
Yinqiu Cui is a molecular biologist with an emphasis on ancient DNA and forensic anthropology. She received her Ph.D. from Jilin University in 2002 and joined the faculty at the college of life science, Jilin University in August of 2003. Her research interests include reconstructing genetic structure of ancient populations and molecular forensic anthropology, such as sex identification, kinship reconstruction, and individual identification. Previous and on-going projects involve the whole mitochondrial genome study of a prehistoric Xinjiang population using next generation sequencing technique, DNA identification of archaeological human remains, and forensic species identification of degraded biological samples.
Rolando González-José, Centro Nacional Patagónico-CONICET, Argentina
Rolando González-José is a biological anthropologist working as researcher and Director of the National Patagonian Centre, CENPAT-CONICET (Argentina). He earned his PhD in Biology in 2003 from the University of Barcelona (Spain). His research interests concern the patterns and processes underlying Hominid craniofacial variation and evolution. In particular, he has devoted their efforts to explore the dynamics of the New World’s settlement, and how the evidences coming from different fields like molecular genetics, archaeology, skeletal biology and linguistics can contribute to a synthetic, interdisciplinary view of such a complex historical process. Also, he participates in the CANDELA (Consortium for the Analysis of the Diversity and Evolution of Latin America), an international, multidisciplinary initiative involving academic researchers studying the biological diversity of modern Latin Americans and its social context. CANDELA aims to explore both, the genetic basis of some external phenotypes, including craniofacial traits, and the complex relationship between social and biological factors impinging on ideas about ethnic identity.
Keith Hunley, University of New Mexico, USA
Keith Hunley is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2002. His research in genetic anthropology seeks to improve our understanding of the evolutionary processes that have molded human biological and cultural diversity at different times and places in the past. His specific interests include human origins and prehistory, genetic and linguistic co-evolution in the Americas and Island Melanesia, and ethnicity and health in New Mexico.
Brian M. Kemp, University of Oklahoma, USA
Brian M. Kemp is a molecular anthropologist with an expertise in the field of ancient human genetics. He earned his PhD in Anthropology in 2006 from the University of California-Davis and has been jointly appointed in the Department of Anthropology and the School of Biological Sciences at WSU since the fall of 2007. He studies genetic variation in extant and prehistoric Native American populations to address questions about their population prehistory that are not approachable from culture history alone. Another major focus of his research has been in evaluating and improving methods for the recovery of genetic data from ancient human and animal remains, which has direct applicability to forensic science as well.
Cecil M. Lewis, Jr., University of Oklahoma, USA
Cecil M. Lewis, Jr. is a molecular anthropologists specializing in population genetics and human microbiome research. He earned his PhD in anthropology in 2005 from the University of New Mexico and conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Michigan Medical School. Currently, Dr. Lewis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.
Heather L. Norton, University of Cincinnati, USA
Heather Norton is a molecular anthropologist who explores the role of natural selection in shaping modern human phenotypic and genetic diversity. She earned her PhD in Anthropology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2005 and joined Department of Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati in 2010. Her work primarily focuses on the role of natural selection in impacting variation of the skin, hair and eyes in human populations. In her research she explores methods to quantify these complex phenotypes, identify genetic variants responsible for observed patterns of diversity, and identify loci targeted by natural selection.
Charles C. Roseman, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
Noah A. Rosenberg, Stanford University, USA
Chuan-Chao Wang, Xiamen University, China
Chuan-Chao Wang is a biological anthropologist working as a Professor and Director at the Institute of Anthropology, Xiamen University. He earned his PhD from Fudan University in 2015 and received his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School and Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. His work primarily focuses on using population genetics and an ancient DNA approach to study genetic structure, admixture, origin, and migrations of human populations. In particular, he has explored the genetic history of Sino-Tibetan-, Tai-Kadai-, and Tungusic-speaking populations and investigated the relationships of population expansion, language, and agriculture dispersal.