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Using archaeogenomic and computational approaches to unravel the history of local adaptation in crops

Publication date: Jan 30, 2013 3:19:52 PM

Start: Mar 18, 2013 4:00:00 PM

Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology

Barley samples from the site of Qasr Ibrim, Egypt

Robin Allaby (University of Warwick) will give the final seminar in the Term II Institute Research Seminar series on ancient DNA at the Institute on 18 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. 

Dr Robin Allaby began his academic career in Manchester, where he studied for a PhD in ancient DNA in the laboratory of Prof Terry Brown. He has been based at the University of Warwick since 2006 where he is an Associate Professor. In his 20-year research career he has contributed significantly to crop evolution and ancient DNA research with a combination of molecular biology and computational techniques. His achievements include the establishment of the existence of DNA fragments in European archaeological cereals, phylogeographic signal of Neolithic expansions in wheat and maize.

Through computational approaches he has had a large impact on the interpretation of genetic data, so reconciling archaeological and genetic data and opening up a broader investigation into the evolutionary process of domestication that is now largely recognised as a protracted complex process. He is a prominent figure in the new debate concerned with understanding the evolutionary process of domestication.

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