Laboratory for Human Biology Research
Northwestern University



Mission Statement

Biological anthropologists endeavor to understand the evolutionary origins and consequences of human biological variation.  Human biologists, in particular, are interested in investigating the effects of culture and ecology on human adaptation, development, and health.  The Laboratory for Human Biology Research is committed to collaborative, population-based research into the biological, social, and cultural factors that shape human biology and health in a range of international settings, including the U.S..  A primary goal of the laboratory is the development of minimally invasive, "field-friendly" methods for assessing biomarkers of health and physiological development that can be used to facilitate community-based research on human biology.  The laboratory is also committed to providing graduate and undergraduate students with opportunities to conduct independent human biology research.