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Post Doctoral Fellows in Anthropology

DowthwaiteJodi N. Dowthwaite

Research Assistant Professor & Research Educator
Community and Global Public Health
Freshman Research Immersion Program
Ph.D. University of Cambridge, 1999 

Dr. Dowthwaite received her B.A. in Paleobiology from Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA). She completed her M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, U.K.). Dr. Dowthwaite has spent more than a decade in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University, working on a long-term study of human growth and development in the context of diet and exercise variation. Her research centers on childhood origins of adult disease, particularly prevention of osteoporosis (weak bone) and sarcopenia (low muscle mass). She has expertise in assessment of the development of bone, muscle and fat using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT).

Dr. Dowthwaite aims to optimize pediatric health, as it is her belief that a focus on health in childhood and adolescence builds a strong foundation for individual health throughout the lifespan. She plans to expand her research to address the childhood roots of multiple "diseases of affluence", such as sarcopenia, osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, as risk of these diseases is intertwined. Ironically, in the U.S., most "diseases of affluence" strike and kill at highest rates among the impoverished; accordingly, these diseases are perhaps better termed as "diseases of modernization". Dr. Dowthwaite has long-standing interests in improving understanding of health disparities as a function of both environmental and inherited biological factors. Her overarching goal is to generate new knowledge to inform lifestyle guidelines and public policy that will improve health across the population.

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Michel Shamoon-Pour   Michel Shamoon-Pour

    Post Doctoral Fellow, Visiting Assistant Professor
    Freshman Research Immersion Program
    Molecular and Biomedical Anthropology Research 
    PhD, Binghamton University, 2016

Michel Shamoon-Pour is a molecular anthropologist specializing in population genetics of Middle Eastern and Pacific populations. Dr. Shamoon-Pour received his Ph.D. 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. Dr. 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. Dr. Shamoon-Pour has diverse teaching interests, which include molecular anthropology, anthropology of infectious diseases, and research education at the undergraduate level.

Lazaridis I, Nadel D, Rollefson G, Merrett DC, Rohland N, Mallick S, Fernandes D, Novak M, Gamarra B, Sirak K, Connell S, Stewardson K, Harney E, Fu Q, Gonzalez-Fortes G, Jones ER, Roodenberg SA, Lengyel G, Bocquentin F, Gasparian B, Monge JM, Gregg M, Eshed V, Mizrahi AS, Meiklejohn C, Gerritsen F, Bejenaru L, Blüher M, Campbell A, Cavalleri G, Comas D, Froguel P, Gilbert E, Kerr SM, Kovacs P, Krause J, McGettigan D, Merrigan M, Merriwether DA, O'Reilly S, Richards MB, Semino O, Shamoon-Pour M, Stefanescu G, Stumvoll M, Tönjes A, Torroni A, Wilson JF, Yengo L, Hovhannisyan NA, Patterson N, Pinhasi R, Reich D. 2016. Genomic insights into the origin of farming in the ancient Near East. Nature 536:419-424.

Hadi N, Kashef S, Moazzen M, Shamoon-Pour M, Rezaei N. 2011. Survey of Mycoplasma pneumoniae in Iranian children with acute lower respiratory tract infections. Braz J Infect Dis 15(2):97-101.

Kamali-Sarvestani E, Farsiani H, Shamoon Pour M, Bazargani A, Lankarani K, Taghavi AR, Saberfiroozi M. 2007. Association of myeloperoxidase -463 G/A polymorphism with clinical outcome of Helicobacter pylori infection in Iranian patients with gastrointestinal diseases. Iran J Immunol 4(3):155-160.


Timothy de Smit   Timothy S. de Smet

    Geospatial Remote Sensing Research Educator
    Freshman Research Immersion Program
    PhD, Texas A&M University, 2016
Science 1, Room 157

Tim de Smet is an anthropologically oriented archaeologists interested in the use of non-invasive remote sensing techniques, geoarchaeology, and the analysis of cultural material remains to answer fundamental anthropological research questions about human behavior, social organization, and cultural change through time. His research interests include spatial statistics, experimental archaeology, historical archaeology, conflict archaeology, and social aggregation in the greater southwest. Tim’s firsthand experience of the curation crisis as an Assistant Curator guides his research, which focuses on the stewardship of the archaeological record through the use of remote sensing techniques to non-destructively document and preserve sites. His work in Texas (Brenham), California (Alcatraz), and currently New York with the Freshman Research Immersion (BU FRI) involves undergraduate student education and community outreach. Tim’s current research involves statistical analysis and integration of multiple geophysical datasets to reduce interpretational uncertainty, thereby answering the most anthropological research questions with the least amount of costly and destructive excavation in order to preserve these non-renewable archaeological resources in situ for future generations.

The new Geospatial Remote Sensing research lab will provide students with the opportunity to learn how to use a wide variety of computing and data acquisition resources including: ground-penetrating radar with multiple frequency antennas; magnetic gradiometry; resistivity; frequency-domain electromagnetic-induction; shallow seismic; unmanned aerial vehicles (fixed wing and quadcopter drones) with lidar and multispectral data acquisition capabilities; multiple desktops, laptops, and a data processing workstation; photogrammetry software; matlab; ESRI’s ArcPRO; and much more.

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de Smet exploded view lidar

Exploded view (from top to bottom) of the lidar scan, a GPR data cube, the 3D SketchUp model, and the geo-rectified map of the recreation yard in 2D perspective. Green arrows point to communication tunnels between traverses. Traverses I, J, and K and batteries 6 and 7 are marked in yellow.



2015  de Smet, Timothy S., D. Bruce Dickson, and Mark E. Everett. “The battle that was and the battle that wasn’t: Historical and archaeological investigations on the Concho River near Paint Rock, Texas.” In American Conflict, American Revolution: The Archaeology of Engagement, Eds. Dana L. Pertermann and Holly K. Norton, pp. 9-29. Texas A&M University Press: College Station, Texas.

2015  Meehan, Tate G., Timothy S. de Smet, Charles E. Stanford. Merging Cultures &
Curriculums: Enriching Heritage and Education with Applied Geophysics. FastTIMES 20(2): 61-70.

2015  Stanford, Charles E., Timothy S. de Smet, Tate G. Meehan, and Mark E. Everett. Multisensor Geophysical Examination of the Historic Distillery: Brenham, Texas. FastTIMES 20(2): 50-60.

2015  Weymer, Bradley A., Mark E. Everett, Timothy S. de Smet, and Chris Houser.

Electromagnetic induction applications on barrier island geologic inheritance research. Sedimentary Geology 321: 11-24.

2013  Pincus, Jessie, Timothy S. de Smet, Yotam Tepper, and Matthew Adams. Ground Penetrating Radar and Electromagnetic Investigations at Legio, Israel. Archaeological Prospection 20(3): 175-188.

2012  de Smet, Timothy S., Mark E. Everett, Carl J. Pierce, Dana L. Pertermann, and D.Bruce Dickson. Electromagnetic induction in subsurface metal targets: Cluster analysis using local point-pattern spatial statistics. Geophysics 77(4): WB161-WB169. 

Last Updated: 2/19/18