About Us


Our laboratory was founded in 1993 in the Department of Anthropology at the Pennsylvania State University by James W. Wood

In 1999, the laboratory moved to the University of Washington with Dr. O'Connor and Dr. Holman. In 2002, the Biodemography Laboratory joined the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE) as the Biodemography Core and is funded, in part, by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) R24 Center Grant.

Goals and Objectives

The primary objective of the Biodemography Core, and the Biodemography Laboratory, is to facilitate the inclusion of biological data in population research by providing innovative, high-quality biomarker methods support, while minimizing initial investments required of social science researchers new to the field.

Specific goals of the Biodemography Core:

  • Provide consulting in both the logistics and scientific foundations of biomarker research
  • Provide CSDE affiliates access to laboratory facilities that specialize in meeting the needs of non-clinical, population-level biomarker research
  • Develop new biomarker methods that simplify the integration of biological and other demographic data collection efforts
  • Disseminate innovative biological data collection methodology to researchers across disciplines and institutions
  • Build collaborations in an interdisciplinary community of researchers using similar tools to approach issues of population health from a variety of perspectives


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Biodemography Lab Trivia