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Ancient Pathogen Genomics: the evolution of infectious disease from the angle of historic pandemics

Publication date: Jan 30, 2013 2:54:19 PM

Start: Mar 11, 2013 4:00:00 PM

Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology

Prof Johannes Krause

Johannes Krause (Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany) will give the penultimate seminar in the Term II Institute Research Seminar series on ancient DNA at the Institute on 11 March.

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. 

Johannes Krause is an Evolutionary Geneticist specialising in ancient DNA research on hominin remains, Pleistocene megafauna and ancient pathogens. He has published more than 30 articles in peer reviewed journals among them Cell, Nature, Science, Nature Review Genetics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Current Biology

He pioneered research on nuclear DNA of Neanderthals and found the first genetic evidence of a fossil human form that was named Denisovan after the place of discovery in a cave in the Altai Mountains in southern Siberia. Both projects lead to the complete deciphering of archaic human genomes. He furthermore pioneered genome-wide analysis of ancient pathogens by deciphering the genome of medieval Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that caused the Black Death in the 14th century.

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