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Hunting our Molecular Past

Publication date: Jan 30, 2013 1:06:35 PM

Start: Feb 25, 2013 4:00:00 PM

Location: Archaeology Lecture Theatre, G6

Prof Eske Willerslev

Eske Willerslev (University of Copenhagen) will give the fifth seminar in the Term II Institute Research Seminar series on ancient DNA at the Institute on 25 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 DSc Eske Willerslev is Director of the Centre for Excellence in GeoGenetics and the National CryoBank and Sequencing Facility at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Following an early career as a trapper in Siberia, Eske became interested in ancient DNA, ancient genomics, DNA degradation and evolutionary biology. Within these areas he has published 150 high profile scientific publications of which 24 publications are in the journals Science and Nature - 16 as first or last author. Among his recent scientific breakthroughs are: Sequencing the first ancient human genome and the first Aboriginal Australian genome and establishing the oldest evidence for human presence in North America.

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