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Research Interests

Amanda studies the population genetics of Native American and First Nations ancient and living people.


Education

University of Iowa; B.S. Biology 2006
University of Pennsylvania; Non-degree Post Baccalaureate

University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign, PhD program, start date 8-27-12, anticipated graduation date 5-2018


Professional Positions Held

2009-2012 Research Specialist B, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
2006-2008 Research Assistant I, Molecular Ophthalmology, University of Iowa


Teaching

Teaching Assistant in lab for Evolution (IB 302) spring semester 2014
Teaching Assistant in lab for Genetics (IB 204) fall semester 2014
Teaching Assistant in lab for Evolution (IB 302) spring semester 2015, lecture coordinator
Teaching Assistant in lab for Genetics (IB 204) fall semester 2015

Research Assistantships

Fall 2016                   Isopop Population Structure Project - Researcher

Spring -Fall 2016        Assistant Editor of Human Biology

Fall 2012- Fall 2013   In3- Uses and Limitations of Genomic Research in Forensic Science - Researcher assisting in genotype to phenotype study

 

Volunteer Research Experience

2005-2009 Researcher in Dr. John Logsdon’s laboratory on the Tree of Life Project, University of Iowa

 

Outreach Experience

2012    Frank Hall Elementary School- Science night, Aurora, IL. Scientist. 12-5-12

2013    Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING workshop) Teaching Assistant. 8-13
2013    Girls Do Science Camp. Scientist. 6/11/13
2013    Graduate student helper- Girl Scouts Tree Badge, June 29th, 2013.

2013    Southview Middle School- Science night. Danville, IL. Scientist. 11/18/13

2013    Genomics for Judges Workshop- Teaching Assistant. Fall 2013

2014    Girls Do Science Camp. Scientist. 6/10/14, 6/12/14

2014    Science at the Market. Scientist 10/18/14

2014    Letters to a Pre-Scientist, pen pal program. 2014-15

2014    Genomics for Prosecutors Workshop- Teaching Assistant. Fall 2014.

2014    Outreach Coordinator for Graduates in Ecology and Evolution Biology, elected position, 2014-15
2015    Leal Elementary School- Science night, Urbana, IL. Scientist. 4/10/2015
2015   
Girls Explore Biology Camp. Urbana, IL, Scientist. 6/8/15
2015    Champaign Public Library- Fruit Forensics Event, Champaign, IL. Scientist. 6/11/15
2015    Letters to a Pre-Scientist, pen pal program. 2015-16
2015    Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING workshop) TA 8/15
2016    DNA Day – Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology- presenter. 4/29/16
2016    Leal Elementary School- Science night, Urbana, IL. Scientist. 4/29/16
2016    Genome Day - Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and Orpheum Children's Science Museum-  11/12/16
2016   
Letters to a Pre-Scientist, pen pal program. 2016-17


Publications


2016    Cris E. Hughes, Mary P. Rogers, Amanda C. Owings, Barbara Petzelt, Joycelynn Mitchell, Harold Harry, Theresa Williams, Dena Goldberg, Damian Labuda, David Glenn Smith, Jerome S. Cybulski, Ripan S. Malhi. 2016. Genetic structure of First Nation communities in the Pacific Northwest. Human Biology, in press.
2014    Eran Elhaik, Tatiana Tatarinova, Dmitri Chebotarev, Ignazio Piras, Carla Calò, Antonella De Montis, Manuela Atzori, Monica Marini, SergioTofanelli, Paolo Francalacci, Luca Pagani, Chris Tyler-Smith, Yali Xue, Francesco Cucca, Theodore Schurr, Jill Gaieski, Carlalynne Melendez,Miguel Vilar, Amanda Owings, Rocío Gómez, Ricardo Fujita, Fabrício Santos, David Comas,Oleg Balanovsky, Elena Balanovska, Pierre Zalloua, Himla Soodyall, Ramasamy Pitchappan, Ganesh Prasad ArunKumar,Michael Hammer, Lisa Matisoo-Smith, Spencer Wells. Geographic Population Structure analysis of worldwide human populations infers their biogeographical origins. Nature Communications, 2016 Oct 31;7:13468. doi: 10.1038/ncomms13468.

2012
    Y-chromosome analysis reveals genetic divergence and new founding native lineages in Athapaskan- and Eskimoan-speaking populations.
 Dulik MC, Owings AC, Gaieski JB, Vilar MG, Andre A, Lennie C, Mackenzie MA, Kritsch I, Snowshoe S, Wright R, Martin J, Gibson N, Andrews TD, Schurr TG; Genographic Consortium. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2012 May 29;109(22):8471-6. Epub 2012 May 14.

2012    Clan, language, and migration history has shaped genetic diversity in Haida and Tlingit populations from Southeast Alaska. Schurr TG, Dulik MC, Owings AC, Zhadanov SI, Gaieski JB, Vilar MG, Ramos J, Moss MB, Natkong F; Genographic Consortium. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2012 Jul;148(3):422-35. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22068. Epub 2012 May 1.

2011    Genetic ancestry and indigenous heritage in a Native American descendant community in Bermuda. Gaieski JB, Owings ACVilar MG, Dulik MC,Gaieski DF, Gittelman RM, Lindo J, Gau L, Schurr TG; Genographic Consortium. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2011 Nov;146(3):392-405. doi:10.1002/ajpa.21588. Epub 2011 Aug 24. Erratum in: Am J Phys Anthropol. 2012 Jul;148(3):486.



Abstracts

2016    Owings, A.C., Malhi, R.S. Prince Rupert Harbour mtDNA genetic analysis. (Poster). ATAM/ISAS Science and Archaeology symposium. 2-19-2016.

2015   
Owings, A.C., et al. Maternal and paternal population history of Indigenous individuals in British Columbia.
(Poster). American Association of Physical Anthropologists 82nd Annual Meeting Program, March 2015.

2014    Y-Chromosome ancient DNA analysis from Prince Rupert Harbour, Canada. (Oral presentation). Amanda C. Owings, Cris E. Hughes, Mary P. Rogers, Ripan S. Malhi. ATAM/ISAS Science and Archaeology symposium. 2-21-2014.
 
2014    Inference of population history from the analysis of DNA from an ancient population and their descendants in British Columbia. (Oral presentation). Amanda Owings, Cris E. Hughes, Mary P. Rogers, Ripan S. Malhi. GEEB Symposium 2-8-2014.

2013    Multiple loci provide a more complete picture of Native American evolutionary histories. M.P. Rogers, C. Hughes, A. Owings, D.M. Goldberg, R.S. Malhi. American Association of Physical Anthropologists 82nd Annual Meeting Program, April 2013.
 
2013    Genetic diversity in indigenous populations from Central Mexico and its implications for the peopling of the Americas. M.G. Vilar, R. Gomez, H.  Zillges, D. Brooks, A. Sanders, J.B. Gaieski, A.C. Owings, M.A. Meraz, T.G. Schurr, The Genographic Consortium. American Association of Physical Anthropologists 82nd Annual Meeting Program, April 2013.
 
2013    Preliminary DNA analysis of ancient Native American individuals from British Columbia. Amanda Owings, Cris Hughes, Mary Rogers, John Lindo, Ripan Malhi. GEEB Symposium 2-9-13.
 
2012    Genetic ancestry and admixture analysis in a Bermudian population reveals evidence of Native American origins consistent with oral histories and genealogies.(Poster) J.B. Gaieski, E. Elhaik, A.C. Owings, M.G. Vilar, A.T. Walia, D.F. Gaieski, R.S. Wells, T. G. Schurr, The Genographic Consortium. American Society for Human Genetics Conference 2012.
 
2012    The GenoChip: a new tool for genetic anthropology. (Poster) S. Wells, E. Greenspan, S. Staats, T. Krahn, C. Tyler-Smith, Y. Xue, S. Tofanelli, P. Francalacci, F. Cucca, L. Pagani, L. Jin, H. Li, T.G. Schurr, J.B. Gaieski, C. Melendez, M.G. Vilar, A.C. Owings, R. Gomez, R. Fujita, F. Santos, D. Comas, O. Balanovsky, E. Balanovska, P. Zalloua, H. Soodyall, R. Pitchappan, G. Arun Kumar, M.F. Hammer, B. Greenspan, E. Elhaik.  American Society for Human Genetics Conference 2012.

2012    Genetic diversity and migration history of indigenous populations from the Central Valley of Mexico. (Poster)  T. Schurr, M. Vilar, R. Gomez, H. Zillges, A. Sanders, A. Owings, J. Gaieski, The Genographic Consortium. American Society for Human Genetics Conference 2012.

2012    Genetic variation in Mi’kmaq populations from Nova Scotia and its implications for the history of Algonquian populations in northeastern North America. A.C. Owings, M.C. Dulik, S.I. Zhadanov, J.B. Gaieski, A. Cope, D. Dorey, T.G. Schurr, T. Genographic Consortium. American Association of Physical Anthropologists 81st Annual Meeting Program, April 2012.

2012    The timing and process of the colonization of South America: a North American perspective. T.G. Schurr, M.C. Dulik, M.G. Vilar, A.C. Owings, J.B. Gaieski. American Association of Physical Anthropologists 81st Annual Meeting Program, April 2012.

2011    Investigating Athapaskan history through the analysis of genetic variation in the Tlingit and Haida population of southeast Alaska. A. Owings, M. Dulik, S. Zhadanov, J. Gaieski, J. Ramos, M.B. Moss, F. Natkong, T. Schurr. American Association of Physical Anthropologists 80st Annual Meeting Program, April 2011.

2011    Genetic ancestry and indigenous heritage in a Native American descendant community living in Bermuda. J.B. Gaieski, A. Owings, J.F. Simon, R. Gittelman, J. Lindo, D. Gaieski, T. Schurr. American Association of Physical Anthropologists 80st Annual Meeting Program, April 2011.

2011    Genetic histories of Gwich’in and Inuvialuit populations of Northwest Territories, Canada. T. Schurr, A. Owings, J. Gaieski, I. Kritsch, A. Andre, C. Lennie, H. Zillges, K. Keating, Genographic Consortium. American Association of Physical Anthropologists 80st Annual Meeting Program, April 2011.

2011    Analysis of mtDNA haplogroup A2 frequency, distribution and diversity among populations from North and Central American and the Caribbean. M. Vilar, J.K. Lum, C. Melendez, A. Owings, J. Gaieski, T. Schurr. American Association of Physical Anthropologists 80st Annual Meeting Program, April 2011.

 

Public Speaking

“The Biological Basis of Race?” Celebration event of Dr. Martin R. Delany. Presented at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. In partnership with the Moonstone Arts Center. 5-2012
 

Professional Associations

2015-present   American Association of Anthropological Genetics (AAAG)

2016-present   American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA)

2012-present   Association of Biological Anthropologists (ABA)

2012-present   Graduate Students in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (GEEB)

 

Institutional Service

2015-present   PEEC Seminar Committee

2016                18th Annual GEEB Symposium- head judge

2014-2015       Outreach Coordinator for the Graduates in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

 

Conferences attended

2016                Illinois GIS Day, 11-15-16

2015-2016       21st Century Scientists Workshop

2015                The Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) Conference

2011-2016       American Association of Physical Anthropologists Meetings


 

Consortium Publications
2015    Genome-wide signatures of male-mediated migration shaping the Indian gene pool. ArunKumar G, Tatarinova TV, Duty J, Rollo D, Syama A, Arun VS, Kavitha VJ, Triska P, Greenspan B, Wells RS, Pitchappan R; Genographic Consortium. J Hum Genet. 2015 May 21. doi: 10.1038/jhg.2015.51.

2014    From cheek swabs to consensus sequences: an A to Z protocol for high-throughput DNA sequencing of complete human mitochondrial genomes.Clarke AC, Prost S, Stanton JA, White WT, Kaplan ME, Matisoo-Smith EA; Genographic Consortium. BMC Genomics. 2014 Jan 25;15:68. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-15-68. 

2013    Ancient DNA reveals key stages in the formation of central European mitochondrial genetic diversity. Brandt G, Haak W, Adler CJ, Roth C, Szécsényi-Nagy A, Karimnia S, Möller-Rieker S, Meller H, Ganslmeier R, Friederich S, Dresely V,  Nicklisch N, Pickrell JK, Sirocko F, Reich D, Cooper A, Alt KW; Genographic Consortium. Science. 2013 Oct 11;342(6155):257-61. doi: 10.1126/science.1241844.

2013    Uniparental markers in Italy reveal a sex-biased genetic structure and different historical strata. Boattini A, Martinez-Cruz B, Sarno S, Harmant C, Useli A, Sanz P, Yang-Yao D, Manry J, Ciani G, Luiselli D, Quintana-Murci L, Comas D, Pettener D;  Genographic Consortium. PLoS One. 2013 May 29;8(5):e65441. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0065441. Print 2013.

2013    The GenoChip: a new tool for genetic anthropology. Elhaik E, Greenspan E, Staats S, Krahn T, Tyler-Smith C, Xue Y, Tofanelli S, Francalacci P, Cucca F, Pagani L, Jin L, Li H, Schurr TG, Greenspan B, Spencer Wells R; Genographic Consortium. Genome Biol Evol. 2013;5(5):1021-31. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evt066.

2013    Neolithic mitochondrial haplogroup H genomes and the genetic origins of Europeans. Brotherton P, Haak W, Templeton  J, Brandt G, Soubrier J, Jane Adler C, Richards SM, Sarkissian CD, Ganslmeier R, Friederich S, Dresely V, van Oven M, Kenyon R, Van der Hoek MB, Korlach J, Luong K, Ho SY, Quintana-Murci L, Behar DM, Meller H, Alt KW, Cooper A; Genographic Consortium, Adhikarla S, Ganesh Prasad AK, Pitchappan R, Varatharajan Santhakumari A, Balanovska E, Balanovsky O, Bertranpetit J, Comas D, Martínez-Cruz B, Melé M, Clarke AC, Matisoo-Smith EA, Dulik MC, Gaieski JB, Owings AC, Schurr TG, Vilar MG, Hobbs A, Soodyall H, Javed A, Parida L, Platt DE, Royyuru AK, Jin L, Li S, Kaplan ME, Merchant NC, John Mitchell R, Renfrew C, Lacerda DR, Santos FR, Soria Hernanz DF, Spencer Wells R, Swamikrishnan P, Tyler-Smith C, Paulo Vieira P, Ziegle JS. Nat Commun. 2013;4:1764. doi: 10.1038/ncomms2656.

2013    Ancient DNA reveals prehistoric gene-flow from siberia in the complex human population history of North East Europe. Der Sarkissian C, Balanovsky O, Brandt G, Khartanovich V, Buzhilova A, Koshel S, Zaporozhchenko V, Gronenborn D, Moiseyev V, Kolpakov E, Shumkin V, Alt KW, Balanovska E, Cooper A, Haak W; Genographic Consortium. PLoS Genet. 2013;9(2):e1003296. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1003296. Epub 2013 Feb 14.

2013    Y-chromosome and mtDNA genetics reveal significant contrasts in affinities of modern Middle Eastern populations with  European and African populations. Badro DA, Douaihy B, Haber M, Youhanna SC, Salloum A, Ghassibe-Sabbagh M, Johnsrud B, Khazen G, Matisoo-Smith E, Soria-Hernanz DF, Wells RS, Tyler-Smith C, Platt DE, Zalloua PA; Genographic Consortium. PLoS One. 2013;8(1):e54616. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0054616. Epub 2013 Jan 30.

2012    Population differentiation of southern Indian male lineages correlates with agricultural expansions predating the caste system. Arunkumar G, Soria-Hernanz DF, Kavitha VJ, Arun VS, Syama A, Ashokan KS, Gandhirajan KT, Vijayakumar K, Narayanan M, Jayalakshmi M, Ziegle JS, Royyuru AK, Parida L, Wells RS, Renfrew C, Schurr TG, Smith CT, Platt DE, Pitchappan R; Genographic Consortium. PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e50269.

2012    Y-chromosome analysis in individuals bearing the Basarab name of the first dynasty of Wallachian kings. Martinez-Cruz B, Ioana M, Calafell F, Arauna LR, Sanz P, Ionescu R, Boengiu S, Kalaydjieva L, Pamjav H, Makukh H, Plantinga T, van der Meer JW, Comas D, Netea MG; Genographic Consortium. PLoS One. 2012;7(7).

2012    Afghanistan's ethnic groups share a Y-chromosomal heritage structured by historical events. Haber M, Platt DE, Ashrafian Bonab M, Youhanna SC, Soria-Hernanz DF, Martínez-Cruz B, Douaihy B, Ghassibe-Sabbagh M, Rafatpanah H, Ghanbari M, Whale J, Balanovsky O, Wells RS, Comas D, Tyler-Smith C, Zalloua PA; Genographic Consortium. PLoS One. 2012;7(3).

2012    Evidence of pre-roman tribal genetic structure in basques from uniparentally inherited markers. Martínez-Cruz B, Harmant C, Platt DE, Haak W, Manry J, Ramos-Luis E, Soria-Hernanz DF, Bauduer F, Salaberria J, Oyharçabal B, Quintana-Murci L, Comas D; Genographic Consortium. Mol Biol Evol. 2012 Sep;29(9):2211-22

2012    Mitochondrial origin of the matrilocal Mosuo people in China. Lu Y, Wang C, Qin Z, Wen B, Farina SE, Jin L, Li H; Genographic Consortium. Mitochondrial DNA. 2012 Feb;23(1):13-9.

2012    Y-chromosome O3 haplogroup diversity in Sino-Tibetan populations reveals two migration routes into the eastern  Himalayas. Kang L, Lu Y, Wang C, Hu K, Chen F, Liu K, Li S, Jin L, Li H; Genographic Consortium. Ann Hum Genet. 2012 Jan;76(1):92-9.

2012    Recombination networks as genetic markers in a human variation study of the Old World. Javed A, Melé M, Pybus M, Zalloua P, Haber M, Comas D, Netea MG, Balanovsky O, Balanovska E, Jin L, Yang Y, Arunkumar G, Pitchappan R, Bertranpetit J, Calafell F, Parida L; Genographic Consortium. Hum Genet. 2012 Apr;131(4):601-13.

2011    Human migration through bottlenecks from Southeast Asia into East Asia during Last Glacial Maximum revealed by Y chromosomes. Cai X, Qin Z, Wen B, Xu S, Wang Y, Lu Y, Wei L, Wang C, Li S, Huang X, Jin L, Li H; Genographic Consortium. PLoS One. 2011;6(8):e24282.

2012    Recombination gives a new insight in the effective population size and the history of the old world human populations. Melé M, Javed A, Pybus M, Zalloua P, Haber M, Comas D, Netea MG, Balanovsky O, Balanovska E, Jin L, Yang Y, Pitchappan RM, Arunkumar G, Parida L, Calafell F, Bertranpetit J; Genographic Consortium. Mol Biol Evol. 2012 Jan;29(1):25-30.

2011    Parallel evolution of genes and languages in the Caucasus region. Balanovsky O, Dibirova K, Dybo A, Mudrak O, Frolova S, Pocheshkhova E, Haber M, Platt D, Schurr T, Haak W, Kuznetsova M, Radzhabov M, Balaganskaya O, Romanov A, Zakharova T, Soria Hernanz DF, Zalloua P, Koshel S, Ruhlen M, Renfrew C, Wells RS, Tyler-Smith C, Balanovska E; Genographic Consortium. Mol Biol Evol. 2011 Oct;28(10):2905-20.

2011    An updated tree of Y-chromosome Haplogroup O and revised phylogenetic positions of mutations P164 and PK4. Yan S, Wang CC, Li H, Li SL, Jin L; Genographic Consortium. Eur J Hum Genet. 2011 Sep;19(9):1013-5.

2011    Positive selection on mitochondrial M7 lineages among the Gelong people in Hainan. Yang K, Zheng H, Qin Z, Lu Y, Farina SE, Li S, Jin L, Li D, Li H; Genographic Consortium. J Hum Genet. 2011 Mar;56(3):253-6.

2010    A new method to reconstruct recombination events at a genomic scale. Melé M, Javed A, Pybus M, Calafell F, Parida L,  Bertranpetit J; Genographic Consortium Members. PLoS Comput Biol. 2010 Nov 24;6(11).

2011    Influences of history, geography, and religion on genetic structure: the Maronites in Lebanon. Haber M, Platt DE, Badro DA, Xue Y, El-Sibai M, Bonab MA, Youhanna SC, Saade S, Soria-Hernanz DF, Royyuru A, Wells RS, Tyler-Smith C, Zalloua PA; Genographic Consortium. Eur J Hum Genet. 2011 Mar;19(3):334-40.

2010    Ancient DNA from European early neolithic farmers reveals their near eastern affinities. Haak W, Balanovsky O, Sanchez JJ, Koshel S, Zaporozhchenko V, Adler CJ, Der Sarkissian CS, Brandt G, Schwarz C, Nicklisch N, Dresely V, Fritsch B, Balanovska E, Villems R, Meller H, Alt KW, Cooper A; Members of the Genographic Consortium. PLoS Biol. 2010 Nov 9;8(11):e1000536

2010    A mitochondrial revelation of early human migrations to the Tibetan Plateau before and after the last glacial maximum. Qin Z, Yang Y, Kang L, Yan S, Cho K, Cai X, Lu Y, Zheng H, Zhu D, Fei D, Li S, Jin L, Li H; Genographic Consortium. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2010 Dec;143(4):555-69.


Programs used

Computer programs: R, Arlequin, Network, Popart, DnaSp, Mega

 

Consortium Publications

2011-present   Member of The Genographic Project Consortium list

 

Honors and Awards

2016    PEEC Summer Research Grant $500, Summer 2016

2014    PEEC and Graduate College Conference Travel Grant $750, 3-2014

2014    PEEC Summer Research Grant $1000, Summer 2014

2014    Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials (ATAM) Mini-Grant $538.49

 

Certifications

2016    Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning- Graduate Teacher Certificate


Invited Guest Lecture

2015    Lectured for Genetics (IB 204) at UIUC, The Chemical Nature of DNA Lecture, 8-28-15

 

Invited Panelist

2016    Panelist for the College in Liberal Arts and Sciences on "Experiences of STEM students in graduate school- A look behind the scenes". 10-24-16

2014    Panelist for Women in Science on ¨Life After a Bachelor's Degree?¨ University of Illinois. 4-15


Community Involvement

2013-present   Student Board Member at Channing Murray Foundation, secretary 2015-present

 

Educational Travel/ Field Work

2012    Bermuda- Genealogical research at the Bermuda Archives, Hamilton.

 

Media

Genomics for Judges article:

http://www.igb.illinois.edu/news/genomics-judges-educating-illinois-judges-dna-and-genetics

Fundraiser for the Channing Murray Foundation:

http://dailyillini.com/features/2016/03/13/trivia-night-fundraiser-supports-the-channing-murray-foundation/


Relevant Coursework

Applied Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Biogeography, Biostatistics, Calculus I and II, College Physics I and II, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Evolution and Human Health, Evolution, Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics, Exploration of the Solar System, Evolution and the History of Life, Fundamental Genetics, Genetics and Biotechnology Lab, Health Applications of GIS, Human Origins, Introduction to Research, Molecular Phylogenetics, Molecular Marker Data Analysis, North American Archeology, Organic Chemistry I, Phylogenetics and Biodiversity, Population Genetics and Molecular Evolution, Population Genetics, Primate Behavior and Ecology, Probability and Statistics, Statistical Genomics, & Perl and Unix for Bioinformatics.

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