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Johanna L.A. Paijmans
Department of Biochemistry & Biology
University of Potsdam
PhD in Palaeogenetics, University of Potsdam, Germany (2016)
MSc in Biological Archaeology, University of York, UK (2010)
BA in Archaeology, University of Leiden, The Netherlands (2008)
During my PhD I used various hybridisation capture methods to retrieve mitochondrial genomes from highly degraded ancient samples (up to 30,000 years old), and introduced a number of optimisations and developments in the protocols used for DNA capture of degraded samples. Currently I am studying population dynamics through time in various carnivores (wolverines, leopards) by examining genetic variation in samples from different time points (modern, Holocene and Pleistocene). I am also transitioning into working with whole genomes to further investigate population and extinction dynamics, and to understand what genomes can tell us about adaptation and evolution of (extinct) species.