The Sensory Morphology and Anthropological Genomics Lab (SMAGL) is run by Professors Garrett and Schmitt. The combined lab space allows for molecular benchwork and visualizing 3D images of primate and fossil skeletal material. 

Professor Garrett oversees research focusing on the evolution of sensory systems in primates, particularly the sense of smell and the trade-off between smell and vision. Together with postdoctoral research associates and undergraduate research assistants, they integrate diverse fields including morphology, genomics, and paleontology to understand how humans and our closest relatives have evolved our unique sensory adaptations.

Under Professor Schmitt’s supervision, the lab employs biomedical and genomics-based methodologies to better understand primate development through multiple projects. The core project seeks to understand the genomic basis of obesity during development in captive vervet monkeys, while the second project focuses on better understanding the evolutionary history of dental variation across primates.

Location: Stone Science Building (STO) 251

 

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  • Deep freezers for sample storage.

  • Thermocyclers for PCR analysis.

  • Work stations and computers for bioinformatic analyses.

  • Dry lab and student work space.

  • Biosafety cabinet.