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The Laboratory for Evolutionary Medicine is a state of the art facility that utilizes a mix of quantitative and qualitative data collection, measurement, and analysis methods to answer questions in human biology, primatology, conservation medicine, evolutionary endocrinology, and ecological immunology. In addition to a complete BSL+ laboratory, we also have a suite in the adjacent BSL3 laboratory, multiple offices, a computer laboratory, and a study participant facility. A dedicated 24TB server backs up all data nightly with a RAID 1+0 configuration, cold storage equipment and computers run on uninterruptable power supplies, a SmartVue system monitors all cold storage equipment and incubators, and a dedicated security camera system monitors all rooms. Major equipment includes a BD LSR-II flow cytometer, ABI 7900HT realtime system, Illumina MiSeq, Bioplex 200 Multiplex flow cytometry system, complete Retsch Mixer Mill MM400 system, Bio-Tek readers and washers, Qiagen QIAcube nucleic acid extraction system, Bio-Rad TC20 cell counter, UVP Colony Doc-It imaging system, Biocision Thawstar automated thawing system, Eppendorf Mastercyclers, iMotions software for facial expression analysis (Emotient) and remote eye tracking, and a Tanita BC418 segmental body composition analyzer. 

We are capable of measuring arousal and emotional affect through eye tracking and galvanic skin response, steroids in hair samples, hormones in blood, saliva, urine, and feces, and a variety of functional immunological outcomes, including lymphocyte proliferation with subsequent cytokine excretion, bacteria killing assays, hemolytic complement assays, specializing in measures in saliva and urine. Samples are prepared via automation for next generation sequencing and SNP analysis and expression. Samples are secured and organized using the latest methods, and electronic pipetting means our CVs are lower. There does not exist a more capable and equipped laboratory in evolutionary anthropology, anywhere. Please contact Dr. Michael Muehlenbein if you are interested in collaborating or volunteering. 

The Molecular Anthropology Lab is coordinated by Dr. Luca Pozzi.

The Texas & American Southwest Archaeology Lab is coordinated by Dr. Robert Hard.

The Andean Archaeology Lab is dedicated to providing graduate students working in the Andes, with the opportunity to conduct research. In addition to GIS (Geographic Information Systems), this facility is used for the  analysis of cultural remains, including microscopic analysis. This lab is coordinated by Dr. Sonia Alconini.

The ​MVAP/MVPP Archaeology Lab is a location for the analysis and curation of materials recovered by Brown and Yaeger on their research projects in Belize.  Project staff including postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates process and analyze ceramics, lithics, paleobotanical materials, faunal remains, and microartifact samples. The lab also has a USDA permit to import and curate foreign soils. Please contact PIs Dr. M. Kathryn Brown and Dr. Jason Yaeger for information. The lab is located on UTSA Main Campus in MH 3.02.54.

The ​UTSA Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) is a research unit of the Department of Anthropology established in 1974. CAR is organized around four principal functions: 1) to carry out sponsored research for private firms and local, county, state, and federal agencies; 2) to conduct scientific research paralleling the research interests of the Department of Anthropology; 3) to provide community outreach focused on heritage preservation through its Legacy Program, and 4) to curate millions of archaeological artifacts In-Trust for the State of Texas and federal partners. The Center plays a vital role in providing hands-on experience, research support, and technical training to graduate and undergraduate students. It has become a well-respected part of UTSA and the community for its educational programs, public outreach, and research-based preservation of San Antonio’s cultural heritage.


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