14 March 2019 Start
14 March 2019 End
7.00 p.m. Time
Greece Cotsen Hall, 9 Anapiron Polemou, 106 76 Athens

e-mail.: [email protected]

The Genetic History of Plague: On the Doorstep to the Ancient Mediterranean

March 14, 2019

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science of the American School of Classical Studies invites you to the lecture of Professor Johannes Krause (Max-Planck Institute) titled: “The Genetic History of Plague: On the Doorstep to the Ancient Mediterranean”.

The lecture will take place on March 14th 2019, at 19:00, at Cotsen Hall (9 Anapiron Polemou, 106 76 Athens). For information: 213-000-2400 (133), [email protected]

Dr. Krause is director of the archaeogenetics department at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany and Professor at the Universities of Tuebingen and Jena. His focus is on evolutionary genetics and ancient DNA research including methodological developments and complete genome-wide studies of ancient human populations. He discovered the first genetic evidence of the Denisovans and demonstrated that they represent an independent branch of the genus Homo and he has also contributed to research in the reconstruction of the Neanderthal genome. His recent work includes revealing the genetic heritage of ancient Egyptians, Minoans and Myceneans, ancient Anatolians or Pleistocene Africans. His team demonstrated for the first time the application of DNA capture techniques to reconstruct complete ancient pathogen genomes such as epidemic plague bacteria from victims of the Black Death, or salmonella from 16th century Mexico.