About the Section

The Section for Evolutionary Genomics is composed of 9 research clusters. The section furthermore is host to several Marie Curie Actions Training Networks – ‘ARCHSCI2020’, ‘PUSH’ and ‘TEMPERA’, the DNRF funded Niels Bohr Professorship of Palaeoproteomics, and the Horizon 2020 Innovation Action ‘Holofood’.

Our research involves the synthesis of morphological, distribution, genomic, microbiomic, proteomic, metabolomic and other data, to investigate broad reaching questions of cross-disciplinary interest, including:

  • The evolution of plants, animals and pathogens, from the gene to phylogenomic level, in the natural, domestication and medical contexts.
  • The use of eDNA and genomic skims as a tool for biodiscovery.
  • Development of, and application of, population- and phylogenomic techniques to both model and non-model organisms, in order to investigate questions such as evolution of diversity, geographic origin and migration routes, as well as interaction with the environment of both present and past populations and higher taxa
  • Development and implementation of new tools based around the study of degraded biomolecules to questions such as biodiversity monitoring, proteomics, museomics, archaeological science and metagenomics.
  • Improving our understanding of the production of food, beverages as well as animal and plants through taking hologenomic approaches.

Example Research areas

  • Vertebrate and plant phylogenetics, taxonomy, population genomics and conservation
  • Genome evolution
  • Development of new methods for monitoring biodiversity
  • Evolutionary Hologenomics, in particular the genetic constraints of hosts on their microbiomes
  • Applied Hologenomics - improving animal and food production using hologenomic initiatives.
  • Molecular Anthropology
  • Pathogen origin, spread and genomic evolution
  • Evolutionary genomics of domestication
  • Genome sequencing and reconstruction of extinct organisms
  • Method development in ancient DNA and proteins
  • Marine mammal ecology and evolution