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Anne Riley

Ph.D. Student


Anne Riley is a PhD student in biological anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is interested in molecular anthropology, ancient DNA,  and bioinformatics. She received her Master's degree in anthropology at UTK in 2019, with an interdisciplinary graduate minor in computational science. Her thesis investigated how the use of a prominent bleach-based decontamination protocol in archaeological samples may degrade, rather than eliminate, modern contaminant DNA. Before attending UTK, she received her Bachelor's degree in anthropology from Indiana University, Bloomington. Anne also has a regional interest in Latin America.

Anne is the manager of the UTK Molecular Anthropology Laboratories. She is a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA), American Association of Anthropological Genetics (AAAG), and the Paleopathology Association (PPA).


Research interests: Molecular anthropology, ancient DNA, paleopathology, bioinformatics, Latin America


M.A. Anthropology: University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 2019.

  • Thesis: "Bleach-Based Decontamination Treatment and Cytosine Deamination in Contaminant DNA"
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science


B.A. Anthropology, with Highest Distinction: Indiana University, Bloomington. 2016.

  • Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Minor in Spanish
  • Minor in Geography
  • Departmental Honors in Anthropology (Thesis: "Identifying Mycobacterium tuberculosis via Nested PCR Ancient DNA Analysis")
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Awards and Recognitions

2016 Graduate Student Senate Travel Award

2016-2017 Shipley-Swann Graduate School Fellowship


Recent Presentations:

"Tuberculosis y los Xiongnu," poster presentation: 2016 congreso del Asociación Latinoamericana de Antropología Biológica.

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