Contact Information

Laboratories of Molecular Anthropology and Microbiome Research (LMAMR), Stephenson Research and Technology Center (SRTC)

Office: SRTC, Room 2090

Phone: (405) 325-2946

Anthropology main office: (405) 325-3261

Email: christina.warinner [at] ou.edu

Websites: www.lmamr.org,  www.christinawarinner.com

Recent Publications

Warinner C*, Rodrigues JFM, Vyas R, Trachsel C, Shved N, Grossmann J, Radini A, Hancock Y, Tito RY, Fiddyment S, Speller C, Hendy J, Charlton S, Luder HU, Salazar-García DC, Eppler E, Seiler R, Hansen L, Samaniego Castruita JA, Barkow-Oesterreicher S, Teoh KY, Kelstrup C, Olsen JV, Nanni P, Kawai T, Willerslev E, von Mering C, Lewis, Jr. CM, Collins MJ, Gilbert MTP, Rühli F, Cappellini E*. Pathogens and host immunity in the ancient human oral cavity. Nature Genetics, in press. doi:10.1038/ng.2906.

Kruettli A, Bouwman A, Akguel G, Della Casa P, Ruehli F, Warinner C*. 2014. Ancient DNA analysis reveals high frequency of European lactase persistence allele (T-13910) in medieval Central Europe. PLoS ONE 9(1), e86251. http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0086251.

Guedes J, Carrasco D, Flad R, Fosse E, Herzfeld M, Lamberg-Karlovsky K, Lewis C, Liebmann M, Meadow R, Patterson N, Price M, Reiches M, Richardson S, Shattuck-Heidorn H, Ur J, Urton G, Warinner C. 2013. Is poverty in our genes? A reply to Ashraf and Galor. Current Anthropology 54(1): 71-79.  http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/669034.

Warinner C, Robles García N, and Tuross N. 2013. Maize, beans and the floral isotopic diversity of highland Oaxaca, Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Science 40(2):868-873. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2012.07.003

*corresponding author


ANTH 4953 Anthropology of Human Diet and Nutrition. Fall 2014: M, W 10:30-11:45am, Dale Hall 31


Christina Warinner

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Presidential Research Professor, Adjunct Professor of Periodontics, 
University of Oklahoma


B.A., Anthropology and German Literature and Languages, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (2003)

A.M., Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2008)

Ph.D., Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2010)

Postdoctoral Research: Centre for Evolutionary Medicine, Institute of Anatomy, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland (2010-2012)

Postdoctoral Research: Department of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK (2012-2014)

Press Highlights

British Dental Journal: "Calculus is a long-term reservoir of disease," by Laura Pacey, April 25, 2014.

New Scientist: "Heritage plaque – our ancestors’ health read from teeth," by Sharon Levy, April 21, 2014.

Nature Reviews Microbiology: "Revealing secrets from ancient dental calculus," by Andrea du Toit, March 14, 2014.

Los Angeles Times: “Preserved in plaque of ancient teeth, a fossilized microbial world,” by Deborah Netburn, February 28, 2014.

Berliner Zeitung (Germany): “Karies aus dem Mittelalter,” February 27, 2014.

Huffington Post: “Ancient Dental Plaque From 1,000-Year-Old Human Skeletons Sheds New Light On Disease,” by Tanya Lewis, February 25, 2014.

NBC News: “Microbial Pompeii found on 1,000-year-old teeth from Germany,” by Tanya Lewis, February 25, 2014.

Tages Anzeiger (Switzerland): “Uralte Antibiotika-Resistenz,” by Barbara Reye, February 25, 2014.

International Business Times: “Dental Plaque of Medieval Germans Provides ‘Microbial Pompeii’ of Bacteria,” by Hannah Osborne, February 24, 2014.

Archaeology Magazine: “Dental plaque offers a window to the past,” by Jessica Saraceni, February 24, 2014.

NPR: “Was 2013 really the year of the paleodiet?” by Eliza Barclay, December 30, 2013.

Science: “Fossilized teeth offer mouthful on ancient microbiome,” by Andrew Curry, December 13, 2013.

Scientific American: “How to really eat like a hunter-gatherer: Why the Paleo Diet is half-baked,” June 3, 2013.

Salon: ”Paleo diet is half-baked,” June 9, 2013.

The Scientist: “Genetics-Poverty Link Questioned,” Feburary 3, 2013.

The Wenner Gren Blog: “Inside Current Anthropology: Is Poverty in Our Genes?” February 1, 2013.

Archaeology Magazine: “Archaeological Headlines,” July 30, 2012

Observer (Guardian, UK): “History to sink your teeth into,” July 29, 2012

Observer (Guardian, UK): “Christina Warinner: it’s a good thing our ancestors didn’t floss their teeth,” July 28, 2012.

Der Freitag (Germany): “Das Zahnstein Orakel,” August 16, 2012

Wired UK: “Our ancestors’ dirty teeth help Christina Warinner decode our past,” June 2012

Fox News: “Ten thousand year old tartar holds clues to ancient human diet,” May 31, 2012

CNN.com: “Why your dental plaque is valuable,” May 20, 2012, includes video