Anthropology Faculty

Koji Lum  J. Koji Lum

   Professor of Anthropology
   PhD, University of Hawai'i, Manoa 1995
   Molecular Anthropologist / Evolutionary Biologist
   Science 1, Room 115A
   Curriculum Vitae (PDF 130KB)

Research Interests

J. Koji Lum, professor of anthropology and biological sciences and director of the Laboratory of Evolutionary Anthropology and Health (LEAH), is a molecular anthropologist and evolutionary biologist whose research focuses on the origins, interactions, and resulting genetic characteristics of Pacific Island populations; the evolution of Plasmodium falciparum drug resistance; malaria epidemiology in Melanesia, Southeast Asia and Africa; interactions among modernization and infectious and chronic diseases; ancient DNA; evolution of mineral imbedded microbial communities; forensic genetics; animal and plant domestication; behavioral genetics; and molecular evolution.

The Laboratory of Evolutionary Anthropology and Health (LEAH)

LEAH is a series of three laboratories that includes a population genetics laboratory equipped with high throughput extraction, PCR, and Sanger sequencing capabilities, an independent ancient DNA laboratory, and a new facility to culture and transfect Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites expected to become fully functional in 2013.


Dancause, KN, M Vilar, M Wilson, LE Soloway, C DeHuff, C Chan, L Tarivonda, R Reganvanu, A Kaneko, JK Lum, andRM Garruto (in press) Behavioral risk factors for obesity during the health transition in Vanuatu, South Pacific. Obesity

Chan, CW, R Spathis, DM Reiff, SE McGrath, RM Garruto, and JK Lum (2012)Diversity of Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine reistance transporter (pfcrt) exon 2 haplotype in the Pacific from 1959 to 1979. PLoS One 7:e30213

Dreber, A, DG Rand, N Wernerfelt, J Garcia, MG Vilar, JK Lum, and R Zeckhauser (2011) Dopamine and risk choices in different domains: Findings among serious bridge players. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 43:19-38

Dancause, KN, M Vilar, C Chan, C Dehuff, M Wilson, LE Soloway, L Tarivonda, R Regenvanu, A Kaneko, RM Garruto, and JK Lum (2011) Patterns of childhood and adolescent overweight and obesity during health transition in Vanuatu. Public Health Nutrition 11:1-9

Sankaranarayanan, K, MN Timofeeff, R Spathis, TK Lowenstein, and JK Lum (2011) Ancient microbes from halite fluid inclusions: optimized surface sterilization and DNA extraction. PLoS One 6:e20683

Carpenter, JP, JR Garcia, and JK Lum (2011) Dopamine receptor genes predict risk preferences, time preferences, and related economic choices Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 42:233-61

Dancause, KN, M Vilar, R Steffy, and JK Lum (2011) Characterizing genetic diversity of contemporary Pacifc chickens using mitochondrial DNA analysis. PLoS One 6:e16843

Dancause, KN, C DeHuff, LE Soloway, M Vilar, C Chan, M Wilson, L Tarivonda, R Reganvanu, A Kaneko, RM Garruto, and JK Lum (2011) Behavioral changes associated with economic development in the South Pacific: Health transition in Vanuatu. American Journal of Human Biology 23:366-76

Garcia, JR, J MacKillop, EL Aller, AM Merriwether, DS Wilson, and JK Lum (2011) Associations between dopamine D4 receptor gene variation with both infidelity and sexual promiscuity. PLoS One 5:e14162

Dancause, KN, M Vilar, C DeHuff, M Wilson, LE Soloway, C Chan, JK Lum, and RM Garruto (2010) Relationships between body size and percentage body fat among Melanesians in Vanuatu. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 19:425-431

Dreber, A, DG Rand, N Wernerfelt, JR Garcia, MG Vilar , JK Lum, and R Zeckhauser (2010) Dopamine and risk choices in different domains: Findings among serious tournament bridge players. Cognitive Neuroscience eJournal

Cambell, BC, A Dreber, CL Apicella, DTA Eisenberg, PB Gray, AC Little, JR Garcia, RS Zamore, and JK Lum (2010) Testosterone exposure, dopamanergic reward, and sensation-seeking in young men. Physiology & Behavior 99:451-456

Eisenberg, DTA, CL Apicella, BC Campbell, A Dreber, JR Garcia, and JK Lum (2010) Assortative human pair-bonding for partner ancestry and allelic variation of the dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4) gene. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 5:194-202

Dreber, A, C Apicella, D Eisenberg, J Garcia, R Zamore, JK Lum, and B Campbell (2009) The 7R polymorphism in the dopamine receptor D4 gene (DRD4) is associated with financial risk-taking in men. Evolution and Human Behavior 30:85-92

Dancause, KN, C Chan, NH Arunotai, and JK Lum (2009) Origins of the Moken Sea Gypsies inferred from mitochondrial hypervariable region and whole genome sequences. Journal of Human Genetics 54:86-93

Spathis, R, and JK Lum (2008) An Updated Validation of Promega's PowerPlex® 16 System: High Through-Put Databasing on Applied Biosystem's 96 Capillary 3730xl DNA Analyzer. Journal of Forensic Sciences 53:1353-7

Vilar, MG, A Kaneko, FW Hombhanje, T Tsukahara, I Hwaihwanje, and JK Lum (2008) Reconstructing the origin of the Lapita Cultural Complex: mtDNA analyses of East Sepik Province, PNG. Journal of Human Genetics 53:698-708

Lynch D, C Wanglund, R Spathis, CW Chan, DM Reiff, JK Lum, and RM Garruto (2008) The contribution of mitochondrial dysfunction to a gene-environment model of Guamanian ALS and PD. Mitochondrion 8:109-116

MacKillop J, JG Murphy, LA Ray, DTA Eisenberg, SA Lisman, JK Lum, and DS Wilson (2008) Further Validation of a Cigarette Purchase Task for Assessing the Relative Reinforcing Efficacy of Nicotine in College Smokers. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 16:57-65

Eisenberg, DTA, B Campbell, J MacKillop, JK Lum and DS Wilson. (2007) Season of birth and dopamine receptor gene associations with impulsivity, sensation seeking and reproductive behaviors. PLoS ONE. 2:e1216.

Eisenberg DTA, B Campbell, J MacKillop, M Modi, D Dang, JK Lum, DS Wilson (2007) Polymorphisms in the Dopamine D4 and D2 Receptor Genes and Reproductive and Sexual Behaviors. Evolutionary Psychology 5:696-715

Lum JK, A Kaneko, G Taleo, M Amos, DM Reiff (2007) Genetic diversity and gene flow of humans, Plasmodium falciparum, and Anopheles farauti s.s. of Vanuatu: Inferred malaria dispersal and implications for malaria control. Acta Tropica 103:102-107

Reiff DM, A Kaneko, G Taleo, M Amos, JK Lum (2007) Population structure and gene flow of Anopheles farauti (Diptera Culicidae) among ten sites on five islands of Vanuatu: Implications for malaria control. Journal of Medical Entomology 44:601-607

Eisenberg DTA, J MacKillop, M Modi, J Beauchemin, D Dang, SA Lisman, JK Lum and DS Wilson (2007) Examining Impulsivity as an Endophenotype Using a Behavioral Approach: A DRD2 TaqI A and DRD4 48-bp VNTR Association Study. Behavioral and Brain Functions 3:2

Lum JK, JK McIntyre, DL Greger, KW Huffman, and MG Vilar (2006) Recent Southeast Asian domestication and Lapita dispersal of sacred male pseudohermaphroditic "tuskers" and hairless pigs of Vanuatu. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 103:17190-17195

Chan CW, RM Garruto, JK Lum (2006) Paleoparasite populations from archived sera: Insights into Chloroquine drug resistance in Papua New Guinea. Journal of Infectious Disease1 94:1023-1024

Chan CW, D Lynch, R Spathis, RM Garruto, and JK Lum (2006) Flashback to the 60s: Utility of archived sera to explore the origin and evolution of Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistance in the Pacific. Acta Tropica 99:15-22

Mita T, Kaneko A, Hombhanje F, Hwaihwanje I, Takahashi N, Osawa H, Tsukahara T, Masta A, Lum JK, Kobayakawa T, Ishizaki T, Bjorkman A. (2006) Role of pfmdr1 mutations on chloroquine resistance in Plasmodium falciparum isolates with pfcrt K76T from Papua New Guinea. Acta Tropica 98:137-44

Tsukahara T, FW Hombhanje, JK Lum, I Hwaihwanje, A Masta, A Kaneko, and T Kobayakawa (2006) Austronesian origin of the 27 base pair deletion of the erythrocyte band 3 gene in East Sepik, Papua New Guinea inferred from mtDNA analysis. Journal of Human Genetics 51:244-248

Last Updated: 6/23/15