University of Oklahoma
Justin donates time doing outreach teaching K-12 students about science. As part of his duties as an officer of the Anthropology Graduate Student Association at OU, Justin also works to mentor high school and undergraduate students to help them maintain a commitment to higher education.
Justin Lund is a Navajo student of Anthropology studying at the University of Oklahoma and working in the Laboratories of Molecular Anthropology and Microbiome Research. Justin received a Bachelor of Science in anthropology, minoring in global health, from Arizona State University and continued to receive a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma. Justin’s academic foundation fostered his doctoral interest in the social impacts of advancing technologies and healthcare. As a molecular anthropologist, Justin explores the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomics in Native American contexts.
Justin is the first to attempt a PhD in his family, but he enjoys the love and support of his family as he works towards achieving his goals. As a Native person in academia, Justin finds one of the most important roles he plays is as a representative to the next generation of young Native students and future scientists. Justin spends a portion of his time doing outreach to Native youth groups and schools to encourage educational pursuits by teaching science to students who may not receive impassioned science instruction. At the completion of his Ph.D., Justin hopes to maintain his own genomics lab where he will continue mentoring Native students into genomics, anthropology, and higher education.