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Welcome to the Welander Lab! ​

We study microbial lipid biomarkers to learn about the evolution of life on ancient Earth.

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About our Research

For decades, geomicrobiologists have used lipid compounds preserved in rock and sediment to make predictions about early life and the conditions on ancient Earth. We study these molecular biomarkers in modern organisms to refine our interpretations of the microbial fossil record.

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About our Lab Community

We are an interdisciplinary lab, and our research benefits from having a team of scientists with diverse backgrounds (racial, gender, ethnicity, sexual-orientation, country of origin, etc.). We believe in nontraditional paths to careers in STEM, recognize structural inequity in academia, and actively support Black Lives Matter.


Welander Laboratory
Green Earth Sciences Building
367 Panama St., Room 201
Stanford, CA 94305-4216

Phone: (650) 723-7341
Fax: (650) 723-5099

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