LEEP is a lab facility in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona with a range of capabilities, including enzyme immunoassay, hormone extraction and separation, and assay development. LEEP offers the resources to measure endocrine biomarkers efficiently and at a reduced cost as a result of developing several in-house assays. We have developed assays for steroid hormones and are developing assays for peptide hormones. We can also run commercially available enzyme immunoassay kits.
We focus on method development and analysis using noninvasively collected samples such as saliva, urine, and feces from primates, including humans.
In addition to our own research, we provide training so that investigators can perform research in the lab with our guidance. We have worked, or are currently working, with students and faculty from various institutions, including the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Harvard University, Tulane University, the University of Calgary, and Yale University.
LEEP was built in 2010-2011 with generous funding from the University of Arizona School of Anthropology, Institute for the Environment, Bio5, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Vice President for Research. Our research has been funded by the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, National Science Foundation, Rowe/Wright Primate Fund, Leakey Foundation, and Thomas Bogard Bequest Scholarship.