Dr. Molto

Dr. El Molto

Adjunct Professor (University of Western Ontario)

Office Hours: 
Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Academic Qualifications: 
  • 1980 PhD (Bio-anthropology) University of Toronto
Previous Teaching/Work: 
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, Lakehead University
  • Director, Applied Biomeolecular Science Program, Lakehead University
  • Academic Director, Paleo-DNA Laboratory, Lakehead University
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, Lakehead University
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto
Research Interests: 

Bioanthropology, biomedical anthropology (paleoepidemiology), skeletal biology, paleogenetics (Ontario, Egypt, Baja)My research interests are primarily in paleopopulation analyses. These include: paleogenetics, paleoepidemiology and paleodemography. Currently, my main interest is integrating morphology and ancient DNA in terms of identifying within-group relationships. My recent research has focused on a Roman period population from the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt. I have worked on numerous occasions with the Regional Coroner's Office and have acted as an expert witness in several criminal cases. My skeletal research has been highlighted three times in the last four years on The Discovery Channel and in Equinox magazine.

Major External Funding (1998-Present):

  • 2002-2005 SSHRC: The Bioarchaeology of Kellis ($200,000). I am the PI with four other researchers and this is the largest SSHRC grant ever awarded at Lakehead University.
  • 2002-2003 CAMS at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: ($33,500+60-100 dates at $650/date) to Molto, Stewart, Matheson and Reimer
  • 1999 CFI/ OIT: LU Paleo-DNA Laboratory Development ($520,000)
  • 1998-Present Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation: LU Paleo-DNA Laboratory Development ($1.23 million)
  • 1997 National Science Foundation: aDNA analysis of Kellis 2 Dakhleh, Egypt (US$45,000) to Molto and Parr
  • 1995-98 SSHRC: The Bioarchaeology of Las Palmas Culture, Baja California, Sur ($93,000)