Unlocking over 400 Years 

Of African American History & Biology


W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory

The CRL is dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to provide greater research opportunities!



Mahalo Collaborators Visit CRL

Dr. Miguel Vilar, director of the Genographic Project (National Geographic Society) and Dr. Keolu Fox, recent Ph.D. in molecular genetics and well-known indigenous peoples advocate flank Dr. Fatimah Jackson during a recent visit to the Cobb Research Laboratory facilities in the Howard University Interdisciplinary Research Building. Dr. Vilar is collaborating with the Cobb Research Laboratory on DNA Collection of diverse African peoples in hopes of creating two databases of continental African and African Diasporic peoples. 


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CRL Researcher Named 2017 Rhodes Scholar!

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DNA Day with the CRL


Thank you to all of those who volunteered to be apart of our new Genetic Databases!

Learn More about our progress and how it aids African Genetics!

CRL Writers' Collective


The goal of the Writers’ Collective is to provide a supportive, interactive and interdisciplinary environment to support the creative writing of scholars associated with the Cobb Research Laboratory. It is the writing mission of the collective to provide scientifically valid, historically credible, and interesting books and materials to educate young children. Through storytelling, the Writers’ Collective will help elucidate the untold hardships and triumphs of enslaved and free Africans and African Americans in 17th and 18th century colonial New York and 19th and 20th century historic Washington, DC.


CRL Director named Woman Researcher of the Year!

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CRL Celebrates 85 Years with Black Tie Affair