Congrats Anneliese!

Anneliese Long successfully defended her Master’s Thesis on April 13th, 2021: “Serum Levels of C-Reactive Protein and Anti-Mullerian Hormone, Follicle-Stimulating Hormone, and Inhibin-b in Women Attempting Pregnancy in North Carolina”.

Congrats to Anneliese!


Congrats Dr. Stephanie Berger!

Stephanie Berger from the Human Biology Lab at UNC successfully defended her dissertation on April 14th, 2021: “Exploring Pre-Columbian Health and Lifeways in the Greater Coclé Region, Panama”.

Stephanie’s work was funded through the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Congrats, Dr. Berger!

AJHB Special Issue Featuring Lab Members

Congrats to lab members Jacob Griffin, Sophie Dent, and Stephanie Berger for their March 2021 Special Issue in the American Journal of Human Biology!

Pathways linking activity, adiposity, and inflammation to bone mineral density in women and men from NHANES 2007 to 2010

Congrats to Dr. Hannah Jahnke!

Hannah Jahnke from the Human Biology Lab at UNC successfully defended her dissertation in May of 2020: “Madres Sanas, Bebés Sanos: The Intergenerational Effects of Maternal Stress in the Galápagos Islands”.

Dr. Hannah Jahnke currently is an IRTA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Epidemiology Branch at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, examining the environmental factors that shape reproductive health and early development. Congrats, Dr. Jahnke!

Congrats to Dr. Achsah Dorsey!

Achsah Dorsey from the Human Biology Lab at UNC successfully defended her dissertation in May of 2020: “Iron, Infection, and Malnutrition: An Exploration of Anemia in a Peruvian Peri-Urban Community”.

Dr. Achsah Dorsey is now an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Congrat Dr. Dorsey!

Congrats Dr. Barrett!

Katie Barrett from the Human Biology Lab at UNC successfully defended her dissertation in May 2020: ““The influence of infant-caregiver feeding  interactions on diet, growth, and metabolic development.”

Katie is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Pediatric Nutrition.

Congrats, Dr. Barrett!


Human Biology Lab Blood Drive

Join the Human Biology Lab the week of September 16th, 2019 in a blood drive to collect plasma and blood samples for practicing different lab analyses. 

Interested in donating? Visit the Human Biology Lab on the 2nd Floor of the Alumni Building.

Monday, September 16th 3-5PM

Wednesday, September 18th 1-3PM

Thursday, September 19th 12-2PM

-Human Biology Lab at UNC


Congrats, Human Biology Laboratory!

Congrats to the UNC Chapel Hill Human Biology Lab on a strong showing at the Annual Meetings of the Human Biology Association and American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Austin, Texas! Nine students and multiple faculty members presented posters and papers on their research at these national conferences. In addition, a very special congratulations to Caroline Owens who received the Spielvogel Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student Presentation or Poster and Isa Godinez who received the Edward E. Hunt, Jr. Award for Outstanding Graduate Presentation or Poster!

Isa Godinez and Dr. Amanda Thompson

Caroline Owens and Dr. Mark Sorensen

Here are a list of student and faculty posters and presentations:

The physical and psychological impacts of occupational stress experienced by commercial salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay, Alaska. R Wilbur, JS Griffin, M Sorensen, R Furberg.

Adiponectin and the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease: a global comparison of the utility of adiponectin as a predictor of cardiovascular disease risk. J Griffin, M Sorensen, AP Barsukov, TM Klimova

Effects of psychosocial stress and BMI on c-reactive protein in a student sample. C Owens, KM Houck, KJ Barrett, AL Thompson, MV Sorensen

Immunoregulatory effects of childhood endotoxemia on total-IgE response: implications for the hygiene hypothesis from Galapagos, Ecuador. KM Houck, AL Thompson, MV Sorensen

A study of dietary transition among indigenous communities in the Northern Ecuadorian Amazon. G Skeltis, MV Sorensen, F Lu

Cardiometabolic health among Purepecha in North Carolina. I Godinez

Parental ratings of infant appetite may mediate associations between infant diet and infant size. K Barrett

Pathways linking birth practices and early health: Immune development and the gut microbiome. Amanda L. Thompson, Kelly Houck, Hannah Jahnke