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Michel Shamoon Pour

Molecular & Biomedical Anthropology, Research Assistant Professor

First-year Research Immersion Program

Background

Michel Shamoon-Pour is a molecular anthropologist specializing in population genetics of Middle Eastern and Pacific populations. Shamoon-Pour received his PhD in Anthropology from Binghamton University in 2016. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow and visiting Assistant Professor of Molecular & Biomedical Anthropology at Binghamton University with the Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program. His research interests include genetics of understudied populations by working with diaspora communities and through utilizing biological archives and databases. Shamoon-Pour has worked with members of Assyrian communities in the United States to reconstruct genetic matrilineages and patrilineages of pre-Genocide Assyrian settlements in the Middle East. Since ongoing conflict hinders fieldwork in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, he is currently surveying existing genetic databases to understand genetic ancestry and interrelatedness of populations in these regions. He is also interested in studies of ancient human and animal DNA and has collaborated in ancient DNA research projects from sites in the United States, Canada and Poland.

Research Interests

  • genetics of understudied populations by working with diaspora communities and through utilizing biological archives and databases

Teaching Interests

  • molecular anthropology
  • anthropology of infectious diseases
  • research education at the undergraduate level