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Dr. Nancy Elwess


Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biological Science

I am a molecular biologist with several areas of focus for my undergraduate research laboratory. My recent areas of study include the isolation and analysis of ancient DNA extracted from ancient Maya skeletons (from Tipu, Belize). My laboratory is studying their migration routes; mitochondrial DNA sequences; and the presence of certain diseases within this population of ancient Maya skeletons (588 skeletons). In addition, my undergraduate research students are also investigating both the androgen receptor gene and the DRD4 gene (also known as the ’thrill seeking’ gene) in humans.

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