Warinner speaks on biomedical anthropology and paleomicrobiology

Friday, May 02, 2014 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM

Dr. Christina Warinner from the University of Oklahoma presents, "Paleomicrobiology, Historic Pandemics, Ancient Diet, and our Microbial Self"

On May 2, 2014, from 4pm - 5:30pm, Dr. Christina Warinner will be presenting on topics from her research.  The talk will be held in the Chapman Hall Lecture Hall - main level, far west end.  Light refreshments will be served.  

This is Dr. Warinner's summary of her presentation: 

"Very recently, we discovered a vast new microbial self: the human microbiome. Our native microbiota interface with our biology and culture to influence our health, behavior, and quality of life, and yet we know very little about the origin, evolution, or ecology of the trillions of microorganisms that call us home. High-throughput sequencing has opened up dramatic new opportunities in the field of paleomicrobiology, allowing us to investigate not only historic pandemics but also the evolution of the complex microbial ecologies that inhabit our bodies. This talk explores how emerging research on ancient dental calculus oral microbiomes is changing the way we think about ancient disease and how archaeological studies can contribute to a medical understanding of health and nutrition today."

Kim Ivey