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The Paleo-DNA Laboratory staff represent a wide variety of academic disciplines. Their commitment to excellence is unparalleled and many are or are becoming internationally renowned researchers in modern, archaeological and degraded DNA analysis. As part of Lakehead University, the lab is also committed to assisting talented and high-caliber students to reach their potential.

For more information on our staff as well as contact information, please click on the links below:


The Paleo-DNA Laboratory Staff :

Stephen Fratpietro, Technical Manager - Biography

Reneé Fratpietro (nee Praymak), Operations Supervisor - Biography

Karen Maa, Administrative Assistant - 343-8616


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Selected Publications:


Ólafsdóttir, Guðbjörg Ásta , K. M. Westfall, R. Edvardsson, S. Pálsson (2014), "Historical DNA reveals the demographic history of Atlantic cod (Gadus Morhua) in medieval and early modern Iceland". Proc. R. Soc. B February 22, 2014: 281 1777 20132976: 1471-2954.


Lawrence, Derek Joseph, N. Luckai, W.L. Meyer, C. Shahi, A.J. Fazekas, P. Kesanakurti, S. Newmaster (2012), "Distribution of White Spruce Lateral Fine Roots as Affected by the Presence of Trembling Aspen: Root Mapping Using Simple Sequence Repeat DNA Profiling". Can. J. For. Res. 42:1566-1576.


Ishida, Yasuko, A.L. Roca, S. Fratpietro and A. Greenwood (2012), "Successful Genotyping of Microsatellites in the Woolly Mammoth". Journal of Heredity May:103(3): 459-64.


Matheson C.D., K.K. Vernon, A. Lahti, R. Fratpietro, M. Spigelman, et al. (2009) “Molecular Exploration of the First-Century Tomb of the Shroud in Akeldama, Jerusalem”. PLoS ONE 4(12): e8319.


Matheson, C.D. , T.E. Marion, S. Hayter, N. Esau, R. Fratpietro and K.K. Vernon (2009)  “Technical Note:  Removal of Metal Ion Inhibition Encountered During DNA Extraction and Amplification of Copper-Preserved Archaeological Bone Using Size Exclusion Chromatography”.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 140:384-391.


Lamers, R., S. Hayter, C.D. Matheson (2009)  “Postmortem Miscoding Lesions in Sequence Analysis of Human Ancient Mitochondrial DNA”  Journal of Molecular Evolution 68:40-55.


Roca, Alfred L., Yasuko Ishida, Nikolas Nikolaidas, Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis, Stephen Fratpietro, Kristin Stewardson, Shannon Hensley, Michele Tisdale, Gennady Boeskorov, and Alex D Greenwood (2009) ”Genetic Variation at hair length candidate genes in elephants and the extinct woolly mammoth”. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9:232.


Matheson C.D., G.C. Muller, A. Junnila, K. Vernon, A. Hausmann, M.A. Miller, C. Greenblatt, Y. Schlein (2008)  “A PCR Method for Detection of Plant Meals From the Guts of Insects”. Organisms, Diversity & Evolution 7: 294-303.


Carney, J., R. Fratpietro and S. Fratpietro (2007)”The Use of Cotton Swabs for Acquiring DNA for Genetic Analysis of Freshwater Mussels”. Presented to the 2007 Symposium of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society, March 13th – 15th , Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.


Larcombe, L., P. Nickerson, R. Hoppa, and C. Matheson (2005) “Detection of a Single Nucleotide Polymorphism in the IL-6 Promoter Region of Ancient Nuclear DNA”. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 5(2):117-122.


Matheson, C., R. Praymak and S. Fratpietro  (2004)”Mitochondrial DNA: Forensic versus Ancient DNA Perspectives“. Presented to the 7th International Conference on Ancient DNA & Associated Biomolecules, July 10th – 17th, Queensland, Australia.


Matheson, C., R. Praymak, A. Lahti, P. Luukkonen, V. Tiesler Blos, and K. Vernon (2003) “The Ancient Populations of the Maya: Moving Towards a Regional Genetic Study”. Los Investigadores de la Cultura Maya 11. Tomo 11.


Schmerer, W.M. (2003)  “Reduction of shadow band synthesis during PCR amplification of repetitive sequences from modern and ancient DNA”.  Methods in Molecular Biology 226:309-14.


Schmerer, W.M. (2003)  “Extraction of Ancient DNA”.  Methods in Molecular Biology 226:57-62.

Graver, A.M., J.E. Molto, R.L. Parr, S. Walters, R.C. Praymak, J.M. Maki (2000)  “Mitochondrial DNA Research in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt: A Preliminary Report”. Ancient Biomolecules Vol. 3 No.4 239-253.


If you have any questions regarding the Lakehead University Paleo-DNA Laboratory or the services that we provide, please contact us:



Lakehead University

Paleo-DNA Laboratory

1294 Balmoral Street, Suite 300
Thunder Bay, Ontario,
Canada, P7B 5Z5


Tel: (807) 343-8877
Toll Free: 1-866-DNA-LABS
Fax: (807) 343-8619