Paleo-DNA Laboratory

The Paleo-DNA Laboratory is one of the top ancient DNA research laboratories in the world. The laboratory is specifically designed to accommodate low-copy number, degraded, or ancient samples and vigorously control contamination. This laboratory provides academic support to faculty and students of Lakehead University as well as extension services to the public in the form of paternity testing, universal genetic identification and ancient DNA analysis.  The Paleo-DNA Laboratory is also a leader in human mitochondrial DNA research and was one of the first Canadian laboratories to develop mitochondrial DNA analysis techniques. They were also the first laboratory to offer a DNA training course emphasizing mitochondrial DNA analysis. Several biotechnology companies, DNA service and forensic labs extensively use the Paleo-DNA Laboratory as the source for staff training and new employee recruitment.