In 2022, Dr. Alicia Ventresca-Miller, UMMAA assistant curator of archaeological science and assistant professor of anthropology, opened the Ancient Protein and Isotope Laboratory on the U-M Ann Arbor central campus.

As the director of the Ancient PI Lab, Ventresca-Miller collaborates with other scientists, focusing on human food habits, landscapes, and movements to understand what people ate, how they traveled across different landscapes, and how they managed domesticated animals. Researchers combine isotopic and proteomic evidence with other data, including archaeologies, histories, and genomics.

Click here ( to learn more about Dr. Ventresca-Miller's research work in the Ancient PI Lab and her fieldwork in Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Buryatia, and the Ural region.