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Sterling Wright

Ph.D. Graduate Student

NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Fellow

410 Carpenter Building
University Park , Pennsylvania 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-2509

Office Hours

  • By appointment

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 2016
  2. B.S., The University of Texas at Austin, 2016
  3. M.A., Oklahoma University, 2019


Wright currently works with Dr. Laura Weyrich in the microArch research group. His research focuses on the DNA of oral bacteria in past and present populations. He uses ancient DNA and anthropological methodologies to understand how cultural variations, such as diet, behaviors, health, and environmental influences, impact the microbial ecology in the mouth. He aims to elicit new information that could improve our understanding about the complex nature of the oral microbiome.

Dissertation Chair(s)

Laura Weyrich

Research Interests

Ancient DNA, paleomicrobiology, bioarchaeology, urbanization, Classical and Mesoamerican archaeology, paleoecology