International Plant & Animal Genome Conference / PAG 32 • January 10-15, 2025  •  San Diego, CA, USA

PAG30 plenary vslonSenior Lecturer, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Tuesday, January 17,  8:45 AM / Town & Country Ballroom

Talk Title: "Digging for DNA: Archaeological Sediments As a Source of Ancient Animal and Plant Genomes"

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Dr. Viviane Slon is the head of the Ancient DNA facility at the Dan David Center for Human Evolution and Biohistory Research, and a senior lecturer in the Departments of Anatomy and Anthropology and Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University (Israel). Her PhD and post-doctoral research were conducted in the Department of Evolutionary Genetics of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany). She has an MSc in Medical Sciences and a BSc in Medical and Life Sciences, both from Tel Aviv University. Dr. Slon has vast experience studying DNA from various prehistoric contexts. In particular, she has developed methods to recover and analyse ancient DNA from sediments and has applied these to multiple archaeological sites. Dr. Slon’s work has been published in various peer-reviewed journals, including the highest-ranking scientific journals Nature and Science. For her work on ancient DNA, Dr. Slon was awarded, among others, the Dan David Prize Scholarship for Young Researchers (2017), the Otto Hahn Medal (2018) and the Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award (2022), and was named one of Nature’s “Top 10” in 2018. As of 2022, Dr. Slon is as member of the advisory board of the sedaDNA Scientific Society.