Theodore Schurr completed his B.S. degree in Zoology at the University of Georgia in 1983. Later, in 1998, he received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Biological Anthropology from Emory University. Subsequently, from 1999-2001, he was a Postfoctoral Fellow from in the Department of Genetics at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio, TX.
Over the next 21 years at Penn, he has conducted anthropological genetics research, combining ethnographic field research with the laboratory analysis of DNA samples collected for his projects. While his research has focused largely on elucidating the population history of Siberia and the Americas, other studies have involved populations from parts of the world, such as Turkey, Georgia, Pakistan, and Australia.
Dr. Schurr was also the Director of the North American Center of the Genographic Project from 2005-2020. During this time, he and his team conducted research with indigenous and native descendant populations from Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States.
Dr. Schurr is presently a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and a Consulting Curator in the Penn Museum.