The Laboratory of Biological Anthropology was established as a research center of the Graduate School and the Research Sector of the University of Kansas. Since its inception, the LBA has supported graduate and undergraduate students in their theses and Ph.D. dissertation research. Many of the graduates from the LBA have gone on to distinguished careers in biological anthropology, human genetics, and genetic epidemiology.
The mission of the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology is:
- To advance the synthetic field of Anthropological Genetics by training undergraduate, graduate students and post doctoral fellows in laboratory methods and analytical procedures;
- To organize, support and encourage field investigations in evolutionary biology and genetic epidemiology; and
- To apply molecular and quantitative genetic methodologies to resolve genetic-environment interactions in complex diseases.