L.ORLANDO smDirector, Centre for Anthropobiology and Genomics of Toulouse, CAGT, France

Time: Tuesday, January 11, 8:45 AM (PST / GMT -8 )

Talk Title:  "The Genomic History of the Modern Domestic Horse: A Tale of Ancient Genomes"


Ludovic was born in 1977, the year when the first DNA sequencing technology was developed. He graduated his PhD in 2003, at University of Lyon, France, twenty years after the first DNA molecule from an extinct organism was ever characterized and dedicated his whole career to ancient DNA research since. He was appointed as an Associate Professor the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon in 2006 and joined the Centre for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen as a Professor in Molecular Archaeology in 2010 to start his own research group. Now back to France, his home country, he built the Centre for Anthropobiology and Genomics of Toulouse (CAGT) at University Paul Sabatier in 2020. This center merges together experts in Anthropobiology, Archaeology, Evolutionary Biology and Genomics to study of our global evolutionary past. Ludovic’s early career achievements feature the sequencing of the first Middle Pleistocene genome, the characterization of the first ancient epigenome and the identification of the homeland of horse domestication. He has coauthored almost 200 scientific publications and several books. His work is supported by a number of prestigious research grants, including from the European Research Council.

Centre for Anthropobiology and Genomics of Toulouse, CAGT