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Laboratoire Anthropologie, Archéologie, Biologie (LAAB)

Research unit


The research team combines skills in the humanities and basic sciences around anthropology, archeology and biology. Its purpose is to establish an evolutionary nosological mapping of pathological processes. His areas of expertise are the populations of the past (including well-identified historical figures) and extra-Europeans.


  • Mr Philippe CHARLIER

Innovation themes

Map and access

2, avenue de la source de la Bièvre

Our research areas


-physical anthropology and paleopathology (retrospective diagnosis)
-pathography and icono-diagnosis
-use of biomedical techniques for the study of museum objects
-social anthropology and ethnology (magico-religious rituals around the "fight against the unknown": illness, death, future)

Applications sectors

  • Biotechnology
  • Other business
  • Health / wellness
  • Art / Culture

Total number of employees

Total number of employees : 27
Number of researchers : 23
Number of doctoral students : 4

Equipment(s) open to collaboration

-offices (n = 3)
-library (> 4500 references)
-research laboratory (with optical microscopes, fiberscopes, binocular lenses, bench-top, paleo-parasitology platform, etc.)
-reference anthropological collection
-on secondary site (MQB-JC): 3D binocular lenses (Hirox), SEM
-on secondary site (CHU Lariboisière) ICP-MS
-on secondary site (Orsay): SEM with surface analysis
-on secondary site (CHU Pitié-Salpétrière): medical CT-scan, radiography


Our results

Industrial and scientific relations

Scientific collaborations

France :
-MNHN, Paris,
-BNF, Paris,
-National Archives, Paris
-International Academy of Biomedical Ethics, Paris
-INRAP, Paris,
-ICONEM, Paris, Laboratory
-UPR3251 CNRS, Universities Paris 6 and Paris Sud, Orsay, Musée Carnavalet, Paris
-Catacombs of Paris
-MAN, Saint-Germain-en-Laye
-Museum of the Louvre, Paris
-C2RMF, Paris

Europe: Niels Böhr Institute, Institute of Genetics, Copenhagen, Denmark -Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Barcelona, ??Spain
-Institute Vasil Parman, Academy of Sciences, Bucharest, Romania
-Dipartimento di Antropologia, Università di Torino, Turin, Italy.

International: Department of Pathological Anatomy, CHU of Parakou, Benin Biblical School of Jerusalem, Israel

Private collaborations

Samsung Electronics France: use of the mobile medical scanner (BodyTom) for the in-situ study of museum objects.


Establishments of affiliation