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Alexia Cardona


Research project: Genetic population structure and genome-wide patterns of selection in Siberian populations

Hominins evolved in Africa for millions of years and adapted to survive in low latitude and warm environments. After the dispersal out of Africa, over the past tens of thousands of years, however, our species has colonized almost all inhabitable climate zones of the world. In my research I am mainly focusing on native Siberian populations who by their ways of subsistence, cultural and genetic adaptations have survived in the extreme cold climate for thousands of years. Considered the ancestors of Native American populations, Siberian populations have an important role in human evolutionary genetics and could hold the key to several unresolved issues. The main aim of my research is to find active evolutionary regions on the human genome which would lead to the identification of genes and biological processes involved in cold-adaptations. My research interests include genome-wide comparisons between modern humans and also archaic humans which could shed light on migrations, admixture, adaptations, the identification of disease susceptibility genes and other anthropological questions.






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