Christina Warinner

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Christina Warinner
NationalityUnited States
Alma materHarvard University
University of Zurich
University of Oklahoma
Known forTED talk Debunking the Paleo Diet
  • US National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellowship (2014)
  • TED Fellowship (2012)[1]
Scientific career
Molecular anthropology
InstitutionsUniversity of Oklahoma
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Christina Warinner is an American anthropologist best known for her research on the evolution of ancient microbiomes. She is Presidential Research Professor, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and Adjunct Professor of Periodontics at the University of Oklahoma. Warinner is also a Research group leader at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany.[2][3]


Christina Warinner obtained a PhD from Harvard University in 2010. From 2010 – 2012, Warinner completed postdoctoral training at the University of Zurich's Centre for Evolutionary Medicine. Warinner's research explored the relationship between disease, diet and the environment by analyzing DNA extracted from ancient dental plaque.[4][5]

Wariner furthered her postdoctoral studies at the University of Oklahoma from 2012 to 2014. She was hired as Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Presidential Research Professor at the University of Oklahoma in 2014.[2] "A top priority in Warinner's laboratory is to compile a DNA inventory built from the plaque found on corpses in museum collections and archaeological sites from around the world with the goal of discovering how human health and diet have changed throughout history."[6]

Since 2016, Warinner has led a research team in the archaeogenetics department at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany. Warinner's research focuses on ancestral human microbiomes. Recent projects include "Dairying and Dietary Adaptive Evolution in Prehistory", "Evolution and Ecology of the Human Gut Microbiome" and "Evolution and Ecology of the Human Oral Microbiome".[3] Research she led found the exotic mineral Lapis Lazuli in the plaque of a female skeleton found in a cemetery in Dalheim in Germany. A 2017 report detailed that the plaque dating from 1100 AD contained fragments of this bright blue paint pigment indicates that women as well as men were involved in creating illuminated manuscripts. It is presumed that the woman was licking her brush as she worked painting bright blue.[7]

Warinner has published research in leading scholarly journals including Nature Genetics, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Human Evolution, and the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Her research findings were included among the top 100 scientific discoveries of 2014 by Discover Magazine. Her work has been featured in Science, Scientific American, the LA Times, the Guardian, and CNN, among others.[8] Warinner was named a TED fellow in 2012 and a US National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow in 2014. She gave a TED talk in February 2012 on the evolution of infectious disease and diet in humans. In January 2013 Warinner gave a TEDx talk titled "Debunking the Paleo Diet".[1][8]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Warinner, Christina; et al. (2017). "A Robust Framework for Microbial Archaeology". Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics. 18: 321–356. doi:10.1146/annurev-genom-091416-035526. PMC 5581243. PMID 28460196.
  • Warinner, Christina (2016). "Dental Calculus and the Evolution of the Human Oral Microbiome". Journal of the California Dental Association. 44 (7): 411–420. PMID 27514153.
  • Warinner, Christina; et al. (2015). "Ancient Human Microbiomes". Journal of Human Evolution. 79: 125–136. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  • Warinner, Christina; Tuross, Noreen (2010). "Tissue isotopic enrichment associated with growth depression in a pig: implications for archaeology and ecology". American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 141 (3): 486–493. doi:10.1002/ajpa.21222. PMID 20052664.
  • Warinner, Christina; et al. (2009). Veiled Brightness: A History of Ancient Maya Color (The William and Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History, and Culture of the Western Hemisphere). University of Texas Press. p. 162. ISBN 978-0292719002.


  • 2014 – Honorable Mention for the International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health's Omenn Prize[2]
  • 2014 – US National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellowship[8]
  • 2012 – TED Fellowship[1]


  1. ^ a b c "TED Speaker TED Fellow TED Attendee Christina Warinner Archaeological geneticist". Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Christina Warinner Assistant Professor". University of Oklahoma. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Dr. Christina Warinner". Max Planck institute for the science of human history. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  4. ^ Honigsbaum, Mark (2012-07-28). "Interview: Christina Warinner: it's a good thing our ancestors didn't floss their teeth By Interview by Mark Honigsbaum". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Dr. Christina Warinner Dr. Christina Warinner". Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  6. ^ Gannon, Megan (2015). "Meet the Dentist to the Dead". Scientific American. 313 (4): 22. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican1015-22. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Medieval woman artist unmasked by her teeth". Culture & History. 2019-01-09. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  8. ^ a b c "Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny". Retrieved 22 June 2018.

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