The Health Sciences Department serves Museum visitors through the exploration of the biological principles of modern human biology
The focus of the Health Sciences Department is three-fold. They create new knowledge in the field of human biology by utilizing community-based research methods to study how genetic variation influences the everyday experience of modern humans. They engage the community in human sciences by serving over 10,000 people a year through outreach in the community-based Genetics of Taste laboratory, Museum programs and events, and invited lectures and panels. Finally, the Health Sciences team cares for a collection dedicated to the preservation of modern human biology, including DNA, tissues, and gross anatomy specimens.