Willerslev Group researches human migration, evolution and disease evolution.
Section for GeoGenetics
The Section for GeoGenetic operates in the cross-field between genetics, geology and archaeology.
The section uses genomic, metagenomic and mineralogy to study evolution, human-environment interaction, past climate- and environments, diseases, speciation and ecological processes, and animal domestication. The section uses state-of-the-art technologies to break scientific boundaries, and our research questions are founded on cross disciplinary research.
Head of Section: Kurt H. Kjær
Our research aims are to improve current methodologies within ancient genomics by optimizing protocols and develop novel, fast computational and statistical tools in order to address important scientific questions. We accomplish this, using multi-disciplinary approaches both from the diverse research within the section as well as a range of collaborators. Our main techniques include DNA extraction and sequencing, bioinformatics, sedimentology, molecular geobiology Quaternary climate, and archaeology.
The first published ancient human genome:
Ancient human genome sequence of an extinct Palaeo-Eskimo: Rasmussen et al. 2010
Large scale genomics:
137 ancient human genomes from across the Eurasian steppes: Damgaard, et al. 2018
Ancient human pathogen:
Early divergent strains of Yersinia pestis in Eurasia 5,000 years ago – Rasmussen et al. 2015
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Paleo Environmental Genomics Group
The group use shotgun sequenced ancient DNA and DNA metabarcoding to reconstruct past environments.
The Sikora Group works at the intersection of ancient genomics, population genetics and paleoepidemiology.
Lundbeck Foundation GeoGenetics Centre
Aims to lay out a new avenue for studies of the origins of common endogenous human disorders and infectious diseases
The Prohaska group seeks to generate knowledge, methods, and tools relevant to resolving some of the key challenges in biodiversity conservation, including climate change, land use change and emerging diseases.
The Q-Group research clusters in glacial geology, stratigraphy, associated landscapes as well as zoo- archaeology and environmental DNA.
The Korneliussen Group develop and implement state of the art methods and programs for analyses of genomic data.
Molecular Geobiology Group
The group investigates whether interactions between DNA and minerals could have had a contribution to the evolution of life.
The SEG Group works on developing and applying new computational methods in population and evolutionary genomics.
Microbial Ecogenomics Group
The group focus on the development and application of new methodologies to analyze modern and ancient (meta)genomic data.