Theodore Schurr

Theodore Schurr, Ph.D.

Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and a Consulting Curator in the Physical Anthropology and American Sections of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology

Dr. Schurr received his PhD in Biological Anthropology from Emory University in 1998. Over the following 20 years, he has worked in the field of anthropology genetics, combining ethnographic field research with the laboratory analysis of DNA samples collected in the field. While his research has focused largely on elucidating the population history of Siberia and the Americas, other studies have involved groups from Turkey, Georgia, Pakistan, India, Ethiopia, South Africa, Australia and Melanesia. Dr. Schurr is also the Director of the North American Center of the Genographic Project, for which, over past 13 years, he has conducted research with indigenous and native descendant populations from Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States. Other projects have investigated mitochondrial diseases in human populations as well as the role of the mtDNA in complex diseases, metabolism and adaptation.