Laura Weyrich

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Laura Weyrich

Research Summary

Reconstructing ancient oral microbiomes and supporting ancient DNA analysis of past humans, environments, and animals.

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Dna Microbiota Fish Biomass Ancient Dna Health Sampling Human Health Microbiome Analysis Insects Dental Calculus Contamination Food Diet Skin Exposure Green Space Methodology Child Urban Green Respiratory System Comparison Mouth Insect

Most Recent Publications

Commercializing equitable, accessible oral microbiome transplantation therapy

Laura S. Weyrich, Sonia Nath, Lisa Jamieson, 2024, Community Dental Health on p. 83-88

Oral microbiome research from a public health perspective and implications for oral health

Sonia Nath, Laura Weyrich, Peter Zilm, Kostas Kapellas, Lisa Jamieson, 2024, Community Dental Health on p. 75-82

Abigail Gancz, Samantha Muller, Laura Weyrich, 2024,

Caitlin A. Selway, Emilija D. Jensen, Alexia S. Pena, Gabrielle Smart, Laura S. Weyrich, 2023, BMC Oral Health

Abigail S. Gancz, Andrew G. Farrer, Michelle P. Nixon, Sterling Wright, Luis Arriola, Christina Adler, Emily R. Davenport, Neville Gully, Alan Cooper, Kate Britton, Keith Dobney, Justin D. Silverman, Laura S. Weyrich, 2023, Nature Microbiology on p. 2315-2325

Vilma Perez, Vilma Pérez, Yichen Liu, Wei Wen Wong, Adam Kessler, Perran Cook, Atun Zawadzki, Nicole Moore, Lenka Kurte, David Child, Micheal Hotchkis, Laura S. Weyrich, Anna Lintern, 2023, Freshwater Biology on p. 1839-1858

Microbiome ownership for Indigenous peoples

Matilda Handsley-Davis, Matthew Z. Anderson, Alyssa C. Bader, Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, Keolu Fox, Emma Kowal, Laura S. Weyrich, 2023, Nature Microbiology on p. 1777-1786

A relational framework for microbiome research with Indigenous communities

Alyssa C. Bader, Essie M. Van Zuylen, Matilda Handsley-Davis, Rosanna A. Alegado, Amber Benezra, Rebecca M. Pollet, Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, Laura S. Weyrich, Matthew Z. Anderson, 2023, Nature Microbiology on p. 1768-1776

Emma Kowal, Laura S. Weyrich, Juan Manuel Argüelles, Alyssa C. Bader, Chip Colwell, Amanda Daniela Cortez, Jenny L. Davis, Gonzalo Figueiro, Keolu Fox, Ripan S. Malhi, Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith, Ayushi Nayak, Elizabeth A. Nelson, George Nicholas, Maria A. Nieves-Colón, Lynette Russell, Sean Ulm, Francisco Vergara-Silva, Fernando A. Villanea, Jennifer K. Wagner, Joseph M. Yracheta, Krystal S. Tsosie, 2023, Human Genetics and Genomics Advances

Caitlin A. Selway, Carmel T. Collins, Maria Makrides, Thomas R. Sullivan, Robert A. Gibson, Irmeli Penttila, Andrew McPhee, Laura S. Weyrich, 2023, Pediatric Research

Most-Cited Papers

Raphael Eisenhofer, Jeremiah J. Minich, Clarisse Marotz, Alan Cooper, Rob Knight, Laura S. Weyrich, 2019, Trends in Microbiology on p. 105-117

Laura S. Weyrich, Sebastian Duchene, Julien Soubrier, Luis Arriola, Bastien Llamas, James Breen, Alan G. Morris, Kurt W. Alt, David Caramelli, Veit Dresely, Milly Farrell, Andrew G. Farrer, Michael Francken, Neville Gully, Wolfgang Haak, Karen Hardy, Katerina Harvati, Petra Held, Edward C. Holmes, John Kaidonis, Carles Lalueza-Fox, Marco De La Rasilla, Antonio Rosas, Patrick Semal, Arkadiusz Soltysiak, Grant Townsend, Donatella Usai, Joachim Wahl, Daniel H. Huson, Keith Dobney, Alan Cooper, 2017, Nature on p. 357-361

Laurence J. Clarke, Julien Soubrier, Laura Weyrich, Alan Cooper, 2014, Molecular Ecology Notes on p. 1160-1170

Comparison of environmental DNA metabarcoding and conventional fish survey methods in a river system

Jennifer L.A. Shaw, Laurence J. Clarke, Scotte D. Wedderburn, Thomas C. Barnes, Laura S. Weyrich, Alan Cooper, 2016, Biological Conservation on p. 131-138

Laura S. Weyrich, Andrew G. Farrer, Raphael Eisenhofer, Luis A. Arriola, Jennifer Young, Caitlin A. Selway, Matilda Handsley-Davis, Christina J. Adler, James Breen, Alan Cooper, 2019, Molecular Ecology Notes on p. 982-996

Jacob G. Mills, Philip Weinstein, Nicholas J.C. Gellie, Laura S. Weyrich, Andrew J. Lowe, Martin F. Breed, 2017, Restoration Ecology on p. 866-872

Bastien Llamas, Guido Valverde, Lars Fehren-Schmitz, Laura S. Weyrich, Alan Cooper, Wolfgang Haak, 2017, Science and Technology of Archaeological Research on p. 1-14

A microbial sea of possibilities: current knowledge and prospects for an improved understanding of the fish microbiome

Thibault P.R.A. Legrand, James W. Wynne, Laura S. Weyrich, Andrew P.A. Oxley, 2020, Reviews in Aquaculture on p. 1101-1134

Ancient DNA analysis of dental calculus

Laura Weyrich, Keith Dobney, Alan Cooper, 2015, Journal of Human Evolution on p. 119-124

Caitlin A. Selway, Jacob G. Mills, Philip Weinstein, Chris Skelly, Sudesh Yadav, Andrew Lowe, Martin F. Breed, Laura S. Weyrich, 2020, Environmental International

News Articles Featuring Laura Weyrich

The Black Death’s Surprising Impact on Today’s Oral Health

New research suggests that the Second Plague Pandemic might have influenced the development of oral microbiomes that contribute to modern-day chronic disease

Penn State team finds link between Black Death and modern diseases

Researchers are finding a link between that Black Death plague and some modern-day chronic illnesses

The stories that defined 2023 for the One Health Microbiome Center

A list of the top 10 most popular Penn State News articles about the One Health Microbiome Center

Neanderthals: More knowable now than ever

Researchers have found evidence that there may have been less of a gap of behaviors with Homo sapiens and Neanderthals

Creative Structures Built By Neanderthals Is Upending Our Understanding of the Species

Researchers have spelled out the entire Neanderthal genome for multiple individuals, offering new insights into their biology

Have endless junk food cravings? Blame it on Black Death

Study reveals the Black Plague led to profound dietary and hygienic changes

The Black Death might be the reason we can’t stop eating junk food — new study

The dietary and hygienic changes that people underwent as a result of the Black Plague could be the reason why human being are so fond of junk food 700 years later, scientists say

Black Death 700 years ago may be the reason people love junk food now

The Black Death may have not only altered history’s course but may also have led to changes in the survivors’ diet and hygiene — influencing the human oral microbiome’s composition

Here’s What We Know About Neanderthals So Far

About Neanderthals and what we've learned about them

Microbiome Changes from Black Death Linked to Modern Diseases

Scientists at Penn State suggest that the Black Death may have shifted the composition of the human oral microbiome toward one that contributes to chronic diseases