The Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga is home to cutting-edge anthropological research laboratories representing the diverse subfields of our discipline.
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"[Dr. Lauren Schroeder's] Lab in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga is focused on the “how” and “why” of morphology – addressing major questions related to evolutionary process and variability in human and primate evolution. By applying innovative quantitative methods and theoretical approaches from evolutionary biology, the goal of the Schroeder lab is to transform the way we ask questions, form hypotheses, and analyse data in the field of palaeoanthropology."
"Research in [Dr. David Samson's] Sleep and Human Evolution Lab (SHEL) focuses on the biology, ecology, and evolution of primate sleep. It is well known that sleep is important to many physical and mental processes of the human body; however, many aspects of the role of sleep in human evolution remain a mystery. To investigate the fitness enhancing properties of sleep, we use non-invasive technologies to record sleep and sleep architecture for a range of human and non-human primates. The SHEL's ultimate goal is to further our understanding of the evolutionary links between sleep, health, and cognition in the human lineage."
"The Novroski Research Laboratory focuses on forensic and investigative genetics at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Dr. Novroski utilizes massively parallel sequencing (MPS; also known as next-generation sequencing) coupled with novel approaches and methodologies for forensic human identity testing. Her current research explores previously uncharacterized genetic markers for improved DNA mixture de-convolution."
"[Dr. Zoë H Wool's] TWIG Research Kitchen is a feminist research space for experiments in research on toxicity, waste, and infrastructure across the social sciences and humanities...There are range of ethnographic, digitial humanities, and feminist STS research projects housed in the kitchen, and a slate of ongoing events exploring what convivial scholarship can look like. This includes the "collabowrite" wander + wonder + write sessions, in which faculty and postdocs are offered protected time to think and write with colleagues."