Faculty Project: Population Genetics of Urban and Indigenous Mexico
Professor Bieber is a medical geneticist with expertise in genomics and DNA-based human identification. His interests include studies of population genetics of indigenous groups in Latin America. He has worked extensively outside of the U.S. on international projects especially in Mexico, including the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guanajuato, Morelos, Guerrero, and Michoacan. His current project involves study of genome diversity in urban and rural Mexico, with a special interest in indigenous Mexicans from across the country. His work includes field trips to Mexico to collect samples with students from both Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and Harvard University during which his group has now collected almost 1000 samples for analysis at UNAM and in the United States. Professor Bieber began this project after initial visits to UNAM as a visiting lecturer (2007) and then on an ongoing basis as a Visiting Professor (2008-present) where he is course director of an undergraduate course in forensic genomics in the genomic sciences program located at the Cuernavaca, Morelos campus of UNAM. He is also working with the UNAM Director of the Institute for Biotechnology to develop new academic initiatives involving laboratory genetics.
Participating Harvard faculty: Frederick R. Bieber, Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School; Arezou A. Ghazani, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital
Collaborating Institution: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México