Using archaeogenomic and computational approaches to unravel the history of local adaptation in crops
Publication date: Jan 30, 2013 03:19 PM
Start: Mar 18, 2013 04:00 PM
Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology
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
- 14 January: A Brief History of Ancient DNA (Ian Barnes, Royal Holloway)
- 21 January: Giving ancient DNA a modern context: Migrating people, migrating diseases (François Balloux, UCL Genetics Institute)
- 4 February: Progress and prospects in archaeological DNA research (Michael Hofreiter, University of York)
- 18 February: The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Europe: A palaeopopulationgenetic view (Joachim Burger, JGU, Mainz)
- 25 February: Hunting our Molecular Past (Eske Willerslev, University of Copenhagen)
- 4 March: Towards a comprehension of early animal domestication through ancient DNA (Greger Larson, Durham University)
- 11 March: Ancient Pathogen Genomics: the evolution of infectious disease from the angle of historic pandemics (Johannes Krause, Eberhard Karls University)
- 18 March: Using archaeogenomic and computational approaches to unravel the history of local adaptation in crops (Robin Allaby, University of Warwick)