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Joseph Lorenz



  • Higher Ed: Science 


Dr. Lorenz received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis in 1995 where he studied mitochondrial DNA variation among American Indians. He then spent two years in a forensic/paternity testing laboratory in Denver, Colorado. In the fall of 1997, Dr. Lorenz began a postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, Maryland where he studied the quantitative genetics of alcohol consumption in rhesus macaques. From October 2000 until August 2008 Dr. Lorenz was on the scientific staff at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, a biorepository that supplies DNA and cell lines to scientists around the world. Dr. Lorenz oversees the operation of the Integrated Primate Biomaterials and Information Resource, an NSF funded resource for cell lines and DNA from over forty species of nonhuman primates representing the major taxonomic groups of the Order Primates. As of September 2008 Dr. Lorenz has been on the faculty of the Anthropology Dept., the Primate Behavior and Ecology Program and the Resource Management Program at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. In addition to teaching he is setting up a molecular anthropology laboratory. 


DNA sequencing, genotyping, phylogenetics, human and nonhuman primate evolutionary genetics 


Submitted. Joseph G. Lorenz, Paul Grobler, Kerry McAuliffe, and Trudy Turner. Preserving Primate Biomaterials for Future Research: Field Research and the Integrated Primate Biomaterials and Information Resource. In: Molecular Primatology (Anthony DiFiore, ed.).

2008. Dulik MC, Lorenz JG, Schurr TG. Hasanlu ancient DNA pilot project. In: Dyson R, de Schaudensee M, eds., Aspects of Peoples and Crafts in Period IVB at Hasanlu, Iran. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum Press.

2007. Genetic analysis of early Holocene skeletal remains from Alaska and its implications for the settlement of the Americas. B.M. Kemp, R.S. Malhi, J. McDonough, D.A. Bolnick, J.A. Eshleman, O. Rickards, C. Martinez-Labarga, J.R. Johnson, J.G. Lorenz, E.J. Dixon, T.E. Fifield, T.H. Heaton, R. Worl, D.G. Smith. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 132(4):605-21.

2007. Y Chromosome Variation in Island Melanesia. Laura Scheinfeldt, Francoise Friedlaender, Jonathan Friedlaender, Krista Latham, George Koki, Tatyana Karafet, Michael Hammer, Joseph G. Lorenz. IN: Population Genetics, Linguistics, and Culture History in the Southwest Pacific: A Synthesis (Jonathan S. Friedlaender, ed.) Oxford University Press.

2006. Unexpected NRY chromosome variation in Northern Island Melanesia. Laura Scheinfeldt, Francoise Friedlaender, Jonathan Friedlaender, Krista Latham, George Koki, Tatyana Karafet, Michael Hammer, Joseph G. Lorenz. Molecular Biology and Evolution 23(8):1628-41.

2006. John R. Johnson and Joseph G. Lorenz. Genetics, Linguistics, and Prehistoric Migrations: An Analysis of California Indian mtDNA Lineages. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 26(1): 33-64.

2006. J. G. Lorenz, J. C. Long, M. Linnoila, D. Goldman, S. J. Suomi, J. D. Higley. Genetic and other contributions to alcohol intake in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Mar, 30(3):389-98.

2005. Joseph G. Lorenz, Whitney E. Jackson, Jeanne C. Beck, R. Hanner. The problems and promise of DNA barcodes for species diagnosis of primate biomaterials. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. B. 360(1462): 1869-1877.