School of Biological Sciences

Brian Kemp

Name: Brian Kemp
Field of Study: Molecular anthropology, Ancient DNA
Title: Associate Professor
Degrees: Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California-Davis
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Office: Eastlick 287; Lab-Eastlick 290
Phone: 509-335-8170; Lab--509-335-6351
Fax: 509-335-3184
Mailing Address: School of Biological Sciences
Washington State University
PO Box 644236
Pullman, WA 99164-4236

Research Interests

My research is focused on the analysis of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosomal DNA variation in extant and prehistoric populations to address questions about Native American prehistory that are not approachable from culture history alone. I am particularly interested in detecting parallels between the genetic and archaeological records, as signatures of past demographic shifts, population interactions, and population movements will have been imprinted into our genomes. While I was trained in anthropology, I am open to exploring the use of ancient DNA data in plant and animal studies. Another major focus of my research is the advancement of ancient DNA methods for the improved collection and authentication of results.

Representative Publications

2009  Kemp BM, Tung TA, Summar ML.  “Genetic continuity after the collapse of the Wari empire: mitochondrial DNA profiles from Wari and post-Wari populations in the ancient Andes.”  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 140: 80-91.

2008  Kohler TA, Glaude MP, Bocquet-Appel J-P, and Kemp BM.  “The Neolithic Demographic Transition in the U.S. Southwest.” American Antiquity 73: 645-669 

2008  Malhi RS, González-Oliver A, Schroeder KB, Kemp BM, Greenberg JA, Dobrowski SZ, Smith DG, Resendez A, Karafet T, Hammer M, Zegura S, and Brovko T.  “Y chromosome diversity among Native North Americans: A study of Athapaskan population history.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 137:412-424.
2008  De la Cruz I, González-Oliver A, Kemp BM, Román JA, Smith DG and Torre-Blanco A.  “Sex identification of infants sacrificed to the ancient Aztec raingods in Tlatelolco, Mexico.” Current Anthropology 46: 519-526.

2007  Kemp, Brian M., Ripan S. Malhi, John McDonough, Deborah A. Bolnick, Jason A. Eshleman, Olga Rickards, Cristina Martinez-Labarga, John R. Johnson, Joseph G. Lorenz, E. James Dixon, Terence E. Fifield, Timothy H. Heaton, Rosita Worl and David Glenn Smith. "Genetic analysis of early Holocene skeletal remains from Alaska and its implication for the timing of the peopling of the Americas." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 132:605-621.

2007  Malhi, Ripan S., Brian M. Kemp, Jason A. Eshleman, Jerome Cybulski, David Glenn Smith, Scott Cousins and Harold Harry. "Haplogroup M Discovered in Prehistoric North America." Journal of Archaeological Science 34(4):642-648.

2006  Kemp, Brian M., Cara Monroe and David Glenn Smith. "Repeat silica extraction: a simple technique for the removal of PCR inhibitors from DNA extracts." Journal of Archaeological Science 33:1680-1689.

2005  Kemp, Brian M. and David Glenn Smith. "Use of Bleach to Eliminate Contaminating DNA from the Surfaces of Bones and Teeth." Forensic Science International 154:53-61.

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