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Eske WillerslevProfessor Eske Willerslev

I hold the Prince Philip Chair in Ecology and Evolution in the Department of Zoology. I am also a Lundbeck Foundation Professor at University of Copenhagen, Denmark and the Director for Centre of Excellence in GeoGenetics. Additionally, I am a research associate the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. I am an evolutionary geneticist. I have led the sequencing of the first ancient human genome, conducted large-scale human population genomic studies across the world, and established the field of environmental DNA, where modern and ancient DNA from higher plants and animals are obtained directly from environmental samples. 


Maanasa RaghavanDr. Maanasa Raghavan

I am a molecular biologist, specializing in the use of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data to study human population histories. My PhD and postdoctoral research focused on resolving aspects of the early peopling of the Americas by making using of genome-scale data from ancient and modern humans from the Americas and Siberia. I use a combined approach that brings together modern and ancient DNA datasets in order to investigate human population dynamics over time and how events in the past, such as migrations and admixture, have shaped the current genetic landscape. I am currently a Senior Research Associate at the department, Visiting Researcher at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, College Research Associate at St. John's College and Gibbs Travelling Research Fellow at Newnham College.


Dr. Ana Prohaska

My research interests lie at the interface of ecology, biogeography and global change biology. More specifically, I'm interested in understanding the long-term dynamics of species and ecosystems in response to environmental changes. I am a Research Associate at Zoology and a visiting researcher at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.



Ms. Esha Bandhopadhyay (March 2017-June 2017)Esha Bandyopadhyay

I completed my B.Tech (2011-2015) and M.Tech (2015-2017) in Genetic Engineering from SRM University, Tamil Nadu, India. I worked on the thesis component of my M.Tech. at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge with Dr. Maanasa Raghavan on human palaeogenomics.