• Ancient DNA techniques for zoonosis research

    Robert Koch Institute, Berlin

    Feb 15-16, 2018

    You have always been curious about ancient DNA (aDNA) and you think it might be interesting for your own zoonosis research? Come around and learn more about aDNA theory and techniques in this workshop supported by the German Research Platform for Zoonoses!

  • Program

    Attendance is modular: you can come the first and/or the second day.

    The registration fee includes full catering.

    Theory - Feb 15, 2018

    • 10:00-11:00 Inferring zoonotic events (S. Calvignac-Spencer)
    • 11:15-12:15 Unraveling bacterial zoonotic emergence with aDNA: the plague and leprosy examples (V. Schuenemann)
    • Lunch break
    • 13:45-14:45 Ancient viruses and parasites (S. Calvignac-Spencer)
    • 15:00-16:00 Zoonosis from the (ancient) host perspective (T. Lenz)
    • 16:15-17:15 Poster session (participants)
    • Dinner

    Practice - Feb 16, 2018

    9:00-10:30 An introduction to hybrid capture and other aDNA-borne approaches (V. Schuenemann)

    11:00-12:00 A world covered in aDNA (T. Gilbert)

    Lunch break

    13:30-14:30 A robust framework for microbial archaeology (L. Orlando)

    14:45-16:00 Panel discussion (organizers & speakers & participants)

  • Organizers

    Verena Schuenemann (University of Zürich)

    Verena belongs to the very first generation of pure ancient pathogen DNA specialists. She has worked a lot on ancient plague(s) and leprosy, unveiling many fascinating aspects of their spread and evolution.

    Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer (Robert Koch Institute, Berlin)

    Seb is an evolutionary biologist who was lucky enough to be recruited by a vet to work in a public health institute! He is interested in the evolution of human health at large and zoonotic agents in particular. He has had a long-standing interest in aDNA as well as some practical experience of it.

    Tobias Lenz (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön)

    Tobias is an evolutionary geneticist focusing on functional diversity of the immune system and its impact on host-parasite coevolutionary dynamics. He is also convinced that aDNA approaches to study past zoonotic events will help us understand what it takes to switch hosts.

  • Guests

    Tom Gilbert (Centre for Geogenetics, Copenhagen)

    Tom is an evolutionary genomicist who has provided a major contribution to the development of aDNA over the last decade (amongst many other things!). His curiosity also led him to study ancient pathogens, including Haitian HIV-1 from the 1970s and malaria parasites from the 19th century.

    Ludovic Orlando (University of Toulouse)

    Ludovic is also an evolutionary genomicist fond of aDNA! While he is most famous for his work on the evolution and domestication of equids, he was also behind crucial bioinformatic developments in the field. He has worked on several ancient infectious agents, including 18th century smallpox, Bronze age plague and thousand-year-old marine bacteria.

  • Sponsors

    The Platform is an information and service network, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), for all working groups operating in Germany in the field of zoonoses research.

    The Robert Koch Institute is the German government’s central scientific institution in the field of biomedicine. It is one of the most important bodies for the safeguarding of public health in Germany.