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Sina Baleka

Magister Artium in Anthropology, 2012, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany

Research interests
My PhD-thesis focuses on the molecular phylogeny of different extinct species of Proboscidea. Except for morphological data, there is hardly any molecular evidence confirming the phylogenetic relationships between different species within the order of Proboscidea. Part of the problem lies in the geographical distribution of these species, which are often found in temperate or even subtropical regions. This means that the samples I’m working on are highly degraded. Therefore the research methods I use include a variety of lab methods adapted to work with ancient DNA, including NGS methods, as well as the bioinformatic analysis of NGS sequencing data.