Research Team

"Conocimientos e Identidades Argentinas" brings together researchers from Argentina and the US with experience in genetics, molecular biology, ethnography, statistical and spatial analysis, social networks, human rights, and ethical and social dimensions of genetic research.

Researchers

Graciela S. Cabana
Graciela S. Cabana

Graciela Cabana, PhD is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Tennessee and Director of the Molecular Anthropology Laboratories. Her expertise is in anthropological genetics and has focused her previous research efforts on developing core analytical and simulation methods for the analysis of genetic data. Graciela is directing the genetic sample collection and analysis, conducting interviews, and contributing to the project’s theoretical discussions.

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Marcela Mendoza
Marcela Mendoza

Marcela Mendoza, PhD is adjunct faculty in Global & International Studies, Western Michigan U., and Research Associate at the Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, University of Oregon. Dr. Mendoza has conducted field research with indigenous peoples of Chaco and Formosa Provinces in Argentina, and Mexican immigrants in Tennessee and Oregon. Marcela coordinates interviews with the participants, and contributes to the project's theoretical discussions.

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Lindsay A. Smith
Lindsay A. Smith

Lindsay Smith, PhD is assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University. Dr. Smith conducts ethnographic research in Argentina, and Mexico on topics of medical anthropology, human rights, and ethical and social dimensions of genetics research.

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Hugo Delfino
Hugo Delfino

Hugo Delfino is associated faculty in the Department of Basic Sciences, Universidad Nacional de Luján. Prof. Delfino has many years of experience with statistical and spatial analysis, and has coordinated many surveys of large scale and complexity in Argentina. Hugo coordinates the sampling of participants in Luján, and contributes to methodological discussions for this project.

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Carla Martínez
Carla Martínez

Carla Martinez, Lic. is faculty and researcher in the Department of Statistics in the College of Basic Sciences at UNLu. She is a molecular and cellular biologist currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Applied Sciences on the in vitro cultivation of woody plant species. In this project, Carla supervises the research assistants.

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Hugo Delfino
Hugo Delfino

Hugo Delfino is associated faculty in the Department of Basic Sciences, Universidad Nacional de Luján. Prof. Delfino has many years of experience with statistical and spatial analysis, and has coordinated many surveys of large scale and complexity in Argentina. Hugo coordinates the sampling of participants in Luján, and contributes to methodological discussions for this project.

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Carla Martínez
Carla Martínez

Carla Martinez, Lic. is faculty and researcher in the Department of Statistics in the College of Basic Sciences at UNLu. She is a molecular and cellular biologist currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Applied Sciences on the in vitro cultivation of woody plant species. In this project, Carla supervises the research assistants.

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Associate Researchers

Photographer

F. Di Fabio Rocca
F. Di Fabio Rocca

Francisco Di Fabio Rocca, Ph.D., is a Researcher of the Biological Anthropology program (CONICET-UBA-'umami), and Instructor of Biological Anthropology and Paleoanthropology. He has conducted work on genetic admixture in Argentina. His current work focuses on the relationships between genetics, identity, and daily life.

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Bárbara Mazza
Bárbara Mazza

Bárbara Mazza, Ph.D., is Researcher of the lower Paraná wetlands’ archaeological research group (Argentina) and is associate professor of Biological Anthropology and Paleoanthropology at the University of Buenos Aires. Her expertise is in bioarchaeology, whose main objective is to access to social organizational patterns among past populations. In this project, Bárbara reports the genetic results to participants.

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Loruhama TR
Loruhama TR

Loruhama Teruya Rossi is a professional photographer.

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Research Assistants

Jesica Benholtz
Jesica Benholtz

Graduate student in Biology at the University of Luján and high School teacher. She is currently working on a thesis involving the culturing in vitro woody plant tissue. Jesica has participated as research assistant in several other projects.

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Natalia Mufato
Natalia Mufato

Graduate student in Biology at the University of Luján. She is currently working on her thesis in botany. Natalia has participated as research assistant in several other projects.

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Juan A. Oliva
Juan A. Oliva

Student in Social Work at the University of Luján. Member of the team of early literacy in the Municipality of Luján. Juan has participated as research assistant in several other projects.

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Franco Viletto
Franco Viletto

Student in Social Work at the University of Luján. Franco has participated as research assistant in several other research projects.

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Academic Institutions
U. of Tennessee
U. of Tennessee

Department of Anthropology & Molecular Anthropology Laboratories

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U. of Oregon
U. of Oregon

Department of Anthropology & Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences

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Arizona State U.
Arizona State U.
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U. Nacional de Luján
U. Nacional de Luján

College of Basic Sciences & College of Social Sciences

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Supporting Academic Entities
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The Geospatial Analysis (with GIS) Research Group, or GESIG, is directed by Dr. Gustavo Buzai (UNLu).