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
Biodemography Lab Trivia
- At peak operation, the Biodemography Lab routinely carried out 5,760 biomarker assays in a single week.
- The Biodemography Core has provided research services and consulting to 25 institutions in 14 countries.
- The Biodemography Lab has roughly 620 cubic feet of -20C and -80C freezer space, or enough to store about 4,368 gallons of ice cream.