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Shriver Lab Members

Mark ShriverMark D. Shriver, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
mds17@psu.edu

Denise LibertonDenise Liberton

dkl130@psu.edu

Denise is a doctoral candidate in Biological Anthropology. She completed her B.A. in Biology and Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University in 2005. She is currently working on her dissertation on human facial variation. Denise's interests include: normal human variation; population genetics; genotype-phenotype interactions; evolution of complex traits; the genetic basis of human facial variation.

Laurel PearsonLaurel Pearson

lnp123@psu.edu

Laurel is a doctoral candidate in the Intercollege Graduate Program in Genetics at Penn State University.  After completing her B.A. in Anthropology from Louisiana State University, she worked as a research assistant in the College of Tropical Agriculture at the University of Hawaii - Manoa and in the Department of Nutrition at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Her research focused on the complex interplay of diet to disease, such as metabolic disturbances associated with antiretroviral drug therapies and tumorigenesis associated with cancer. Currently her research focuses on the genetics of preterm birth among African American women as well as the genetic basis of human dental variation.

Arslan ZaidiArslan Zaidi

saz5078@psu.edu

Arslan is a doctoral candidate in the Intercollege Graduate Program in Genetics at Penn State. He completed his B.sc in Microbiology and M.sc in Genetics from The University of Karachi, Pakistan. His interests revolve around population genetics, molecular evolution, and functional genomics. His current research focuses on understanding the contribution of regulatory variation to phenotypic variation in humans.

Julie White

Tomás González

Brooke Mattern

Corey Liebowitz


 

Lab Alumni

 

Carrie (Pfaff) Vine

Carrie (Pfaff) Vine earned her Ph.D. from Penn State in 2001 (Estimating Admixture Dynamics: Implications for Mapping Genes). She is now an attorney in Illinois.

Carolina Bonilla

carbonilla107@gmail.com

Carolina Bonilla earned her Ph.D. from Penn State in 2003 for her dissertation Admixture in Three Hispanic Populations: Ancestry Proportions, Population Structure, and Gene Mapping.

Heather Norton, PhD

heather.norton@uc.edu

Heather Norton earned her Ph.D. from Penn State in 2005 for her dissertation Human Skin Pigmentation Variation: A Phenotypic, Genotypic, and Evolutionary Perspective. She is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati.

Indrani Halder, PhD

halderi@upmc.edu

Indrani Halder earned her Ph.D. from Penn State in 2005 for her dissertation Measuring and using individual genomic ancestry to study complex phenotypes and is now a post-doctoral scholar in behavior physiology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Esteban J. Parra, PhD

eparra@utm.utoronto.ca

Esteban Parra was a post-doctoral scholar at Penn State and is now an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada.

Marc Bauchet, PhD

marcbauchet@gmail.com

Marc Bauchet earned his Ph.D. from Penn State in 2007 for his dissertation Population Genomic Structure of Europe: Informative Markers, Methods and Phenotypes. He is now a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Germany.

Abigail Bigham, PhD

awb150@hotmail.com

Abigail Bigham earned her Ph.D. from Penn State in 2008 for her dissertation Evidence for Natural Selection in High Altitude Populations and is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Jen Wagner

jkw131@psu.edu

Jennifer K. Wagner, J.D., obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law. In 2006 Jennifer studied international human rights law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Republic of Ireland. Jennifer is currently a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include the ethical, legal, and social implications of anthropological genetics research.

Ellen Quillen

ellen.qullien@gmail.com

Ellen Quillen earned her Ph.D. from Penn State in 2010 and is now a post-doctoral researcher at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Ellen interests are: evolution of variation in skin, hair and iris pigmentation; admixed populations in Brazil; genetics of iris texture/patterning.

Wei Yao

wwy5028@psu.edu