Biology Research Laboratory
Biology Research Laboratory is directed by Dr.
Josh Snodgrass and focuses on the development and
application of minimally invasive techniques (e.g.,
dried blood spots and saliva) for assessing health and
physiology in population-based research. Our primary
research in the lab involves the use of biomarkers, such
as cortisol, alpha-amylase and Epstein-Barr virus
antibodies, to better understand how psychosocial stress
contributes to the development and progression of
cardiovascular disease. We also study life history
trade-offs in growth and immune function using
biomarkers such as C-reactive protein and immunoglobulin
The laboratory is located in the Center for Medical
Education and Research building on the campus of the
Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon (1 block west of
UO). The lab is equipped to support immunoassay analysis
of human blood, saliva, and urine samples and,
additionally, provides facilities for data analysis.
to the lab.
The laboratory also houses portable metabolic equipment,
including a MedGraphics VO2000 unit, which allows the
measurement of energy expenditure in lab or field
conditions. Additional equipment is available for
physical activity (e.g., Actical and Actigraph activity
monitors and Polar heart rate monitors), body
(e.g., bioelectrical impedance analysis instruments),
body temperature (Vitalsense telemetric physiological
monitoring systems), and cardiovascular/metabolic health
(e.g., blood pressure monitors, Cardiochek PA,
LDX & GDX, and Hemocue instruments).
My lab is located in the same lab cluster as other
several other UO labs and shares resources with a number
of human physiology labs, including the Andrew
Physiology Lab, Hans Dreyer's Muscle Physiology
Lab, and Jeff Gilbert's Renal and
Reproductive Physiology Lab; Kirstin Sterner and
Nelson Ting's Molecular
Anthropology Lab; and Pranjal Mehta's Social
For more information
on the types of biomarker analyses performed in my lab
click here. This publication also
contains information on the biomarkers that can be
measured from dried blood spot samples.
relationship influences on health in adulthood
and Life History Project
discrimination, and health among Latin American
immigrants in Oregon
stress-systems, and Latino risk behaviors
on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE)
Publications and Presentations:
Squires et al. 2012.
Diurnal cortisol rhythms among Latino immigrants in
Oregon, USA. J Physiol Anthropol 31: 19, available in
early view. (link
Urlacher et al. 2012. The Shuar Health and Life History
Project: Knemometric assessment of short-term childhood
growth in an indigenous Amazonian population (meeting
abstract). Am J Hum Biol 24: 246.
Liebert et al. 2012. The Shuar Health and Life History
Project: The relationship between market integration and
diurnal salivary cortisol rhythms of children in an
indigenous lowland Ecuadorian population (meeting
abstract). Am J Hum Biol 24: 232.
Snodgrass et al. 2012. Acculturation, chronic
psychosocial stress, and health among Latino
mother-child pairs in Texas (meeting abstract). Am J
Phys Anthropol (Suppl) 54: 274.
Blackwell et al. 2011. Evidence for a peak shift in a
humoral response to helminths: Age profiles of IgE in
the Shuar of Ecuador, the Tsimane of Bolivia, and the
U.S. NHANES. PLoS
Neglect Trop D 5: e1218.
al. 2010. Life history, immune function, and intestinal
helminths: Trade-offs among immunoglobulin E, C-reactive
protein, and growth in an Amazonian population. Am J Hum
Biol 22: 836-848.
Ridgeway-Diaz et al. 2011. The Shuar Health and Life
History Project: Epstein-Barr virus and market
integration in the indigenous Shuar of Ecuadorian
Amazonia (meeting abstract). Am J Hum Biol 23: 274.
Shattuck-Faegre et al. 2011. The Shuar Health and Life
History Project: Immune pathways and Epstein-Barr virus
(meeting abstract). Am J Hum Biol 23: 276.
Liebert et al. 2011. Immunoglobulin E, C-reactive
protein, and cardiovascular and metabolic health among
the indigenous Shuar of Ecuador (meeting abstract). Am J
Hum Biol 23: 264.
Current Lab Members:
Robyn Brigham (Oregon undergrad)
Austin Wong (Oregon
Bailey Albrecht (Oregon
Mitch Volpe (Oregon undergrad)
Blackwell (PhD, Oregon, 2001; now an Assistant
Professor at UC Santa Barbara)
Chelsey Iida (BS,
Oregon, 2011; now in a graduate program in Biology at
(PhD, Oregon, 2011; now an Assistant Professor at
(MS, Oregon, 2011; now in medical school at UCSF)
Katie Schweber (BS, Oregon, 2013)
Shattuck-Faegre (now in a PhD program at Harvard
Liz Streeter (BS, Oregon, 2013)