Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. in Anthropology, McMaster University, Hamilton
Scourge of the Empire? Ancient Pathogen Genomics and the Biosocial Context of Malaria in Imperial-Era Southern Italy (1st-4th c. A.D.)
Supervisors: Dr. Hendrik N. Poinar, Dr. Tracy L. Prowse
M.A. in Anthropology, Trent University, Peterborough
Postmortem Dismemberment and Fire Exposure: The Identification of Saw Mark Characteristics on Burned Bone
Supervisor: Dr. Anne Keenleyside
Areas of Interest
Infectious disease, ancient DNA, human-pathogen interactions, biosocial context of health, ancient Roman medical literature, forensic anthropology, physiological stress.
Marciniak, S., Poinar, H.N. (2019). Ancient Pathogens Through Human History: A Paleogenomic Perspective. In: Lindqvist, C., Rajora, O.P., (Eds). Paleogenomics: Genome Scale Analysis of Ancient DNA. Springer: Switzerland. pp. 115-138.
Marciniak, S., Herring, D.A., Sperduti, A., Poinar, H.N., Prowse, T.L. (2018). A multi-faceted anthropological and genomic approach to framing Plasmodium falciparum malaria in Imperial period central-southern Italy (1st-4th c. C.E.). Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 49, 210-224.
Marciniak, S., Perry, G.H. (2017). Harnessing ancient genomes to study the history of human adaptation. Nature Reviews Genetics, 18, 659–674.
Marciniak, S., Prowse, T.L., Herring, D.A., Klunk, J., Kuch, M., Duggan, A.T., Bondioli, L., Holmes, E.C., Poinar, H.N. (2016). Plasmodium falciparum malaria in 1st-2nd century CE, southern Italy. Current Biology, 26, R1220-R1222.
Duggan, A. T., Perdomo, M. F., Piombino-Mascali, D., Marciniak, S., Poinar, D., Emery, M. V., … & Poinar, H.N. (2016). 17th century Variola virus reveals the recent history of smallpox. Current Biology, 26, 3407-3412.Contributed Conference Presentations
Marciniak, S., Bergey, C.M., Silva, A.M., Hałuszko, A., Furmanek, M., Veselka, B., Veleminsky, P., Vercellotti, G., Wahl, J., Kiss, K., Hajdu, T., von Cramon-Taubadel, N., Pinhasi, R., Perry, G. Investigating human stature variation in prehistory with per-individual ancient DNA and osteological data. Podium presentation. American Association of Physical Anthropologists (Cleveland, OH).
Marciniak, S., Poinar, H.N., Prowse, T.L. Malaria in the rural hinterland of southern Italy: A multi-faceted anthropological and genomic perspective from Vagnari (1st-4th c. CE). Poster Symposium: Malaria in the Past: Current research into one of humanity’s oldest plagues. Binder, M., Gamble M.,Marciniak S., Prowse T.L., organizers. American Association of Physical Anthropologists (Austin, TX).
Marciniak, S. Underrepresented pathogens in the archaeological record:integrating ancient DNA techniques within a multi-faceted framework. Invited podium presentation. Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology (Edmonton, AB).
Marciniak, S., Prowse, T.L., Herring, D.A., Klunk, J., Kuch, M., Duggan, A.T., Bondioli, L., Holmes, E.C., Poinar, H.N. Molecular evidence for Plasmodium falciparum malaria in 1st-4th c. A.D. southern Italy. Podium presentation. American Association of Physical Anthropologists (New Orleans, LA).
Paleogenomic and anthropological perspectives on malaria in Italy (1st-2nd c. CE),(Department of History, Georgetown University).
Using new technologies to study the relationship between pathogens and ancient migrations, “Diaspora, Migration and the Sciences” (Lorentz Center, Leiden).
The Race Concept in Anthropology, ANTH 1AB3 Introduction to Anthropology: Race, Religion and Conflict (McMaster University, Hamilton).