Wallace S. Wilson Director of Scientific Research
Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage
West Haven, CT 06516, USA
Extracting Stories from DNA preserved by 19th century Americana
Aniko Bezur is the Wallace S. Wilson Director of theTechnical Studies Laboratory at Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage. Decoding the materiality of objects in Yale’s museums and the library is at the heart of their activities and expertise, carrying out materials analysis to address questions related to objects in Yale’s collections which emerge during their scholarly study, conservation, and during their use in teaching and exhibition. She oversees a research group that includes scientists and a conservator. A key mandate of her position is to increase our capacity to characterize materials by improving our capacity to use existing analytical tools and data analysis; by researching and advocating the purchase of new instrumentation; and by developing new instrumentation or tools and analytical methodologies.