• Portrait of Linda Larcombe.
  • Associate professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Internal Medicine
    Room 531A Basic Medical Sciences Building
    745 Bannatyne Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W2

    Phone: 204-975-7726
    Fax: 204-789-3926


Research themes

  • Determinants of health 
  • Historical and contemporary health of Indigenous people
  • Immunogenetics
  • Infectious diseases

Research interests

  • Community-based research with Indigenous people and organizations
  • Gene variants and immune function
  • Northern housing
  • Social determinants of health (housing, land and health)
  • Tuberculosis and HIV
  • Vitamin D

Research groups

Research summary

The primary objectives of my research are both specific and wide-ranging:

  1. identify and explore functional gene polymorphisms affecting the immune response to infectious diseases
  2. investigate how the expression of these gene variants might interact with environmental and socio-cultural factors that influence the health of First Nations people
  3. engage First Nations people and groups into health research in ways that are culturally respectful to build research capacity and model the process First Nations health research within the academic community


Dr. Larcombe is a broadly trained anthropologist whose work is focused on First Nations history, health and collaborative research.

Her experience in archaeology, ancient DNA, history, traditional land use studies, medical anthropology, immunogenetics, and research with First Nation communities, brings a unique perspective to investigating the risk factors for infectious diseases.


  • Postdoctoral fellowship, department of medical microbiology, University of Manitoba
  • PhD, department of anthropology, University of Manitoba
  • Master of arts, department of anthropology, University of Manitoba
  • Bachelor of arts (hons.), department of anthropology, University of Winnipeg


Contact us

Internal Medicine
Room GC430, Health Sciences Centre
820 Sherbrook Street
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9 Canada