College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

LBA Student Alumni

Randy David
Ph.D. Thesis: "The Creation of Metropolitan Amazonia:  Molecular Genetic Consequences of Migration and Urbanization” (2019)

Melody Ratliff Wood 
Ph.D. Thesis: "Mitochondrial Haplogrouping and Short Tandem Repeat Analyses in Anthropological Research Using Next Generation Sequencing Technologies” (2018)

Sarah Alden 
M.A. Thesis: “Peopling of the Americas: ABO Blood group haplotypes as an indicator of Native American origins and migration from Siberia” (2017)

D.L. Phillips
Ph.D. Dissertation: "Genetics and Epigenetics to Differentiate Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Phenotypically Normal Individuals" (2017)

Kristie Beaty
Ph.D. Dissertation: "Forced Migration and Population Expansion: The Genetic Story of the Garifuna" (2017)

Jacob Boyd - MD/PhD Student at the University of Texas Health and Science Center at San Antonio.
M.A. Thesis: “Peopling of the Americas: ABO Blood group haplotypes as an indicator of Native American origins and migration from Siberia” (2014)

Stephen Johnson - Ph.D. Student, Penn State, Department of Anthropology
M.A. Thesis: "Phylogenetic Resolution with mtDNA D-loop vs. HVS 1: Methodological Approaches in Anthropological Genetics Utilizing Four Siberian Populations" (2013)

Jasem Theyab - Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Nation University in Kuwait
M.A. Thesis: "The Genetic Structure of the Kuwaiti Populations: Mitochondrial DNA Markers" (2010)
Ph.D. Dissertation: "The Genetic Structure of the Kuwaiti and Failaka Island Populations: Y-chromosome and Mitochondrial DNA Variation." (2013)

Norberto Baldi-Salas - Assistant Professor of Biology and Anthropology, University of Costa Rica
Ph.D. Dissertation: "Genetic Structure and Biodemography of the Rama Amerindians from the Southern Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua" (2013)

Chris Phillips Krawczak - Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Oncology, Mayo Clinic
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Origins and Genetic Structure of the Garifuna Population of Central America” (2012)

Anne Justice - Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Genetic Structure of the Maya in Guatemala: Perspectives on the Population History of the Maya using mtDNA and Y-chromosome Markers” (2011)

Geethavani Chittoor - Postdoctoral Scientist, Voruganti Lab, UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Genetic epidemiological investigation of blood pressure and its metabolic correlates in Mexican American children” (2009)

Jay Sarthy - Pediatric Resident, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Ph.D. (2009)

Kristin Young - Research Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
M.A. Thesis: “Genetic Diversity Among the Chuvash Using Randomly Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) Markers” (2001)
Ph.D. Dissertation: “The Basques in the Genetic Landscape of Europe” (2009)

Mark Zlojutro - Assistant Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
M.A. Thesis: “Mitochondrial DNA Variation in Yakutia: The Genetic Structure of an Expanding Population” (2005)
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Mitochondrial DNA and Y-Chromosome Variation of Eastern Aleut Populations: Implications for the Genetic Structure and Peopling of the Aleutian Archipelago” (2008)

Phillip Melton - Associate Professor, Centre for Genetic Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Western Australia
M.A. Thesis: “Molecular Perspectives on the Origins of Chibchan Speaking Populations from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia” (2005)
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Genetic History and Pre-Columbian Diaspora of Chibchan Speaking Populations: Molecular Genetic Evidence” (2008)

Rohina C. Rubicz - Researcher, Public Health Sciences, Fred Hutch
M.A. Thesis: “Origins of the Aleuts: Molecular Perspectives” (2001)
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Evolutionary Consequences of Recently Founded Aleut Communities in the Commander and Pribilof Islands” (2007)

Jennifer A. Rack
M.A. Thesis: “Historical Demography of Beregdaróc, Gergelyiugornya, and Lónya: Population Structure in Tiszahat, Hungary, 1760-1987” (2005)

M.J. Mosher - Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University 
Ph.D. Dissertation: “The Genetic Architecture of Plasma Lipids in the Buryat: An Ecogenetic Approach” (2002)

Sobha Puppala - Staff Scientist I, Genetics, Texas Biomedical Research Institute 
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Genetic Determinants and Environmental Covariates of Blood Pressure in the Mennonite Community” (2001)

Kari E. North - Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Carolina Center for Genome Sciences, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 
M.A. Thesis: “Spatial Variation of Anthropometric Traits in Ireland” (1995)
Ph.D. Dissertation: “The Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in American Indians From the Strong Heart Family Study Dakota Center” (2000)

Alexa M. Pfeffer
M.A. Thesis: “Architecture of Complex Phenotypes: Genetic and Environmental Variation in Serum Calcium and Phosphate Levels in Two Mennonite Communities” (2000)

Mary A. Ellerd
M.A. Thesis: “Heritability and Genotype by Sex Interactions in the PTC Polymorphism” (2000)

Lisa Jeanne Martin - Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UC Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center 
M.A. Thesis: “The Genetic and Environmental Components of Thyroxine Variation in the Mennonites of Kansas and Nebraska” (1993)
Ph.D. Dissertation: “The Quantification and Localization of Genes Influencing Inhibin and Activin Variation in Captive Bred Baboons (Papio hamadryas)” (1999)

Rector Babu Arya - Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, UT Health Science Center - San Antonio 
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Genetic and Environmental Determinants of Anthropolometric Phenotypes in Caste Populations of Visakhapatnam, India” (1999)

Joseph D. McComb - Systems Associate, Merck Pharmaceuticals
M.A. Thesis: “The Effects of Unique Historical Events on the Gene Pool of the Altai-Kizhi: A study of five variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) loci” (1996)
Ph.D. Dissertation: “The Development of Dual-Primer Randomly Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) and the Application to the Study of Anthropological Genetics” (1999)

Michael Bamshad - Division Chief and Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington Medical School 
M.A. (1995)

Ravindranath Duggirala - Scientist, Genetics, Texas Biomedical Research Institute 
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Cultural and Genetic Determinants of Lipids and Lipoproteins in the Mennonite Community” (1995)

Jennifer L. Giesler - Program Director, Geological Society of America; Teaching Assistant, UC Santa Barbara 
M.A. Thesis: “A Multivariate Analysis of the Effect of Admixture on the Inter-cusp Distances of Seven Populations” (1994)

Anthony G. Comuzzie - Scientist, Genetics and SNPRC, Texas Biomedical Research Institute
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Genomic, Genetic and Morphological Variation in a Sample of Modern Evenki, and their Relationship with Other Indigenous Siberian Populations” (1993)

Meredith Jean Uttley - Professor of Anthropology & Chair of Department of Political and Social Sciences, Lander University 
Ph.D Dissertation: “The Relationship of Measures of Biological Age to Survivorship Among Mennonites” (1991)

Elizabeth Mary Grieco - Chief, Foreign-Born Population Branch, U.S. Census Bureau 
M.A. Thesis: “The Effects of Down's Syndrome on the Universal Underlying Dermatoglyphic Pattern” (1989)

Sueb-Sak Sirijaraya - Chairman & CEO, Sapiens International Corporation
M.A. Thesis: “Inbreeding in the Meridian Mennonites of Kansas” (1984)
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Dermatoglyphic Genetics of Five Populations in Thailand” (1988)

Lorena Madrigal - Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida 
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Hemoglobin Genotype and Fertility in a Malarial Environment: Limon, Costa Rica” (1988)

Laurine Antoinette Rogers - Instructor, Des Moines Area Community College 
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Phylogenetic Identification of a Religious Isolate and the Measurement of Inbreeding” (1984)

Janice Faye Hutchison - Department of Anthropology & African American Studies, University of Houston 
Ph.D. Dissertation: “A Biocultural Analysis of Blood Pressure Variation Among the lack Caribs and Creoles of St. Vincent, West Indies” (1984)

Victoria Bach Enciso - Genetic Counselor, University of Texas Medical Center - San Antonio
M.A. Thesis: “Estimates of Genetic Distance and Population Structure from Blood and Dermatoglyphic Data” (1983)

Pamela Joy Byard - Therapist, CranioSacral Therapy of Sedona
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Population History, Demography and Genetics of the St. Lawrence Island Eskimos” (1981)

Robert Myron Baume - Former faculty member at the University of Connecticut
M.A. Thesis: “Discrete Dental Trait Analysis of Four Genetically Related Mexican Communities” (1977)
Ph.D. Dissertation: “The Effects of Inbreeding on Dental Morphometrics in Papio hamadryas” (1981)

Dennis H. O'Rourke - Professor and Department Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Utah 
M.A. Thesis: “Odontometric Analysis of Four Tlaxcaltecan Communities of Related Genetic Background” (1976)
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Inbreeding Effects on Morphometricc Characters in the Papio hamadryas Colony at Sukhumi” (1980)

Mary Louise Oldfield
M.A. Thesis: “Migration of Human Populations in Four Communities of Mexico” (1978)

Kenneth Roy Turner - Former faculty member at the University of Alabama
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Simulation Studies of the Demographic and Genetic History of a Transplanted Mexican Population” (1976)

Martin Kenley Nickels - Adjunct Professor, ISU, Department of Anthropology, Illinois Wesleyan University 
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Skeletal Development in Down's Syndrome” (1975)

Francis Carl Lees - Chief Information Officer, American Museum of Natural History
Ph.D. Dissertation: “A Numerical Analysis of the Anthropometrics of Tlaxcalan Populations” (1975)

Laurine Antoinette Oberdieck Roberts - Former faculty member at Iowa State University
M.A. Thesis: “Microevolution in an Agricultural Isolate: A Demographic Study of Schoenchen, Kansas” (1975)

Stewart Shermis - Former faculty member at Long Beach State University
Ph.D. Dissertation: “A Diachronic Study of Inflammatory Bone Lesions” (1974)

David William Busija - Professor, School of Medicine, Wake Forest University 
M.A. Thesis: “Dermatoglyphic Analysis of a Transplanted Tlaxcalan Population” (1974)

Sharon Anne Warner 
M.A. Thesis: “A Preliminary Investigation of the Relationship of Psychological Stress to Disease” (1973)

Paul M. Lin - Former faculty member at Wichita State University and the University of Chicago
Ph.D. Dissertation: “A Study of Arikara Skeletal Populations by Multivariate Analysis: A Problem in Classification” (1973)

Robert Halberstein - Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Miami 
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Evolutionary Implications of the Demographic Structure of a Transplanted Population in Central Mexico” (1973)

Douglas H. Ubelaker - Professorial Lecturer in Anthropology and Anatomy, Curator, Physical Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution Department of Anthropology
Ph.D. Dissertation: “The Reconstruction of Demographic Profiles from Ossuary Skeletal Samples: A Case Study from the Tidewater Potomac” (1973)

Linda Lehman Klepinger - Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois-Urbana 
Ph.D. Dissertation: “The Physical Anthropology of Hatton Mound I 23MN275, Monroe County, Missouri” (1972)