Laura Weyrich

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Laura Weyrich

Huck Affiliations

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Dna Microbiota Ancient Dna Fish Biomass Health Sampling Human Health Dental Calculus Diet Microbiome Analysis Insects Contamination Food History Marker Research Personnel Methodology Dna Sequencing Child Tooth Dental Plaque Mouth Comparison

Most Recent Publications

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

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

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

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

Amanda Daniela Cortez, Dorothy Lippert, Jenny L. Davis, George Nicholas, Ripan S. Malhi, Laura S. Weyrich, Katrina G. Claw, Alyssa C. Bader, Chip Colwell, 2023, American Journal of Biological Anthropology

Archaeological Microbiology

Laura Weyrich, P\'erez, Vilma, 2023, Handbook of Archaeological Sciences on p. 557--574

Gina L. Guzzo, Murthy N. Mittinty, Bastien Llamas, Jane M. Andrews, Laura S. Weyrich, 2022, Microorganisms

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

Christina J. Adler, Keith Dobney, Laura S. Weyrich, John Kaidonis, Alan W. Walker, Wolfgang Haak, Corey J.A. Bradshaw, Grant Townsend, Arkadiusz Sołtysiak, Kurt W. Alt, Julian Parkhill, Alan Cooper, 2013, Nature Genetics on p. 450-455

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

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

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

Ancient DNA analysis of dental calculus

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

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

News Articles Featuring Laura Weyrich

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

Study of ancient British oral microbiomes reveals shift following Black Death

The Second Plague Pandemic may have led to oral microbiomes that contribute to modern-day chronic disease, according to new research

Q&A: Indigenous community-first approach to more ethical microbiome research

Microbiome samples from Indigenous communities have played an important role in furthering Western medicine but have often been excluded from the research process and may miss out on the benefits that result from their contributions to science.

One Health Microbiome Center's 2023-24 Interdisciplinary Innovation Fellows

The One Health Microbiome Center (OHMC) in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State has named five recipients for its 2023-24 Interdisciplinary Innovation Fellowships (IIF) program.

Neela Yennawar and Scott Lindner selected as 2023 Huck Leadership Fellows

Launched in 2022, the Huck Leadership Fellows Program was developed for faculty members seeking to sharpen their leadership skills with an opportunity for exposure to senior leadership within the interdisciplinary research unit.

Digging into the past: Forgotten soil samples are opportunity for new research

While most time capsules found on campus feature pop-culture relics like vintage copies of the Daily Collegian newspaper, the College of Agricultural Sciences has unearthed a different kind of relic: sealed jars of soil samples collected by Penn State researchers in 1915 and 1933.

Free film and panel discussion reveals 'invisible' crisis of the microbial world

At 6 p.m. Thursday, March 2, Penn State’s Microbiome Center will present "The Invisible Extinction" — a movie that spotlights the trailblazing work and charismatic personalities of renowned scientists who aim to save the vanishing microbes that are essential for our survival.

Indigenous Australians’ unique oral microbiomes may add to chronic disease load

Indigenous Australians have unique microbes in their mouths, which may contribute to a higher burden of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to new research led by Penn State and the University of Adelaide.

Ancient oral biome points to overall health

When a baby puts something from the floor in their mouth, we panic, but the mouth already contains thousands of bacteria. Now a team of researchers is looking at archaeological remains for an example of how Japanese oral biomes have changed and what they say about the people who owned those mouths and teeth.