12:10pm - 1:00pm PST January 25
Priya Moorjani, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Center for Computational Biology, University of California, Berkeley
This talk will take place in person at the ARF and on Zoom. Registration is required for Zoom attendees. Register here: https://bit.ly/ARFtalks-2022
Abstract: Recent advances in sequencing DNA have opened up new opportunities to use genetic data to improve our understanding of human history and evolution. For example, genetic data can be used to reconstruct migration patterns, understand how genomes change across different species or lineages, and understand how our evolutionary history impacts disease and adaptation. In this talk, I will discuss two ongoing projects within her lab: 1) Reconstructing the history of human-Neanderthal mixture using ancient genomes, and 2) Characterizing the patterns of major mixture events occurring in ancient Europe; both critical movements in human history. These analyses highlight the power of genomic data to elucidate the legacy of human migrations, providing insights that complement research done in archaeology and linguistics. 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)