Progress and prospects in archaeological DNA research

Start: Feb 04, 2013 04:00 PM

Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology

Prof Michael Hofreiter

Michael Hofreiter (University of York) will give the third seminar in the Term II Institute Research Seminar series on ancient DNA at the Institute on 4 February.

The Term II Institute Research Seminar series looking at the field of ancient DNA is being organised by Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment) and coincides with the launch of a new ancient DNA Laboratory facility at the Institute.

Prof Michael Hofreiter studied biology in Munich and completed his diploma with Svante Paabo on DNA from ground sloth faeces to reconstruct vegetation changes during the Pleistocene.

He then moved to the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, completing his PhD in 2002 on cave bear population genetics and ancient DNA damage, and a postdoc in 2005 working on various aspects of ancient DNA including population analyses of Pleistocene species, DNA extraction methods and palaeogenomics. 

From 2005 he ran an independent research group at the Max Planck Institute looking at mammoth and mastodon phylogenetics, functional ancient DNA analyses, and adapting Next Generation Sequencing for work with ancient DNA and multiple samples. Since April 2009 he has been Professor of Evolutionary Bology and Ecology at the University of York.

The seminar will be followed by a reception in the Institute's Staff Common Room (Room 609).

Any enquiries about the Ancient DNA seminar series may be directed to Mark Thomas.

Term II Institute Research Seminar Series Programme