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Matthew Collins

Matthew CollinsMatthew Collins is a reader in Biomolecular Archaeology and head of BioArch. Research Interests: Fundamental studies of early diagenesis, using a combination of laboratory experiments (Geology, 2000, 28, 1139), kinetic modelling (Nature, 2001) and computational chemistry (Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc, Lond, 1999, 354, p.51) and mass spectrometry (Geology, 2002). He is a member of the UK (NERC) Earth Sciences Peer Review College, the Treibs Committee of the Geochemical Society, and an Honorary Professor at the China University of Geosciences. Research group: 3 post-docs, 3 PhD students, 8 students successfully supervised. Publications: 58 research articles in refereed journals, 3 book chapters and invited reviews.

Beth Shapiro

Beth Shapiro Beth Shapiro is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at Oxford University, where she is a member both of the Henry Wellcome Ancient Biomolecules Centre, and of the Laboratory for Viral Evolution. Her research interests include both experimental and computational approaches to investigating evolutionary processes using non-contemporaneous DNA sequences. Recent projects involving ancient DNA from mammalian remains have included the identification of taxonomic relationships between extinct and extant species (Science 2002; PLOS 2005) and investigation into how populations change through time in response to a changing environment (Science 2002, 2004; MBE 2005). Other interests include the evolution of RNA viruses, which, because of their fast rate of mutation, are an ideal resource for investigating how populations (and genes and genomes) evolve through time. Beth has been an invited speaker at several international conferences, has been awarded 3 research grants in 2 years, has 14 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and is currently supervising 3 students.
Alan Cooper, the original Oxford co-ordiator has left to head the Fragmentary DNA Research Centre at the Univeristy of Adelaid

Dan Bradley

Dan BradleyDan Bradley is a lecturer and Fellow in the Department of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin. He has active research in: ancient DNA (2001, Nature); genetic diversity within and between genomes (2002, Science); Y-chromosome diversity and Irish human origins (Nature 2000); origins of livestock as discerned using genetic diversity (Nature Genetics, 2003; Nature Reviews Genetics, 2003; PNAS, 2001); development of detection methods for the presence of animal material in livestock feedstuffs; exami-nation of selection around genes affected by the domestication process in livestock. Member of a Well-come Trust Panel in Bioarchaeology, jury for the European Young Scientists Competition; Research Group: 3 post-docs, 4 PhD students. 8 students successfully supervised. Total of 70 publications (48 in international scientific journals); primary or principal/corresponding author of 42 of these; elicited ~1000 citations in total.

Eske Willerslev

Eske WillerslevEske Willerselv is a full professor in ancient DNA at the Niels Bohr Institute University of Copenhagen and a visiting professor at University of Oxford. Eske Willerselv is an internationally recognised researcher in the fields of ancient DNA, DNA degradation, and evolutionary biology. He has 5 publications in Science and Nature, and a total of 30 publications in high profile peer review journals such as The Lancet; Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (PNAS); Curr. Biol.; Am. J. Hum. Gen.; Mol. Biol. Evol. (MBE); TRENDS in Ecol. Evol. (TREE); TRENDS Microbiol. (TIM); PloS Biology, and Proc. R. Soc. Lon. B. His research interests include: palaeoecology (e.g. Science, 2003; Science, 2004), palaeontology (e.g. Nature, 2003, PloS Biology, 2005), archaeology (e.g. Science, 2001; Am. J. Hum. Gen. 2003a), domestication (Science, 2005), ancient microbial biology (e.g. PNAS, 1999; Curr. Biol. 2004; TREE, 2004; TIM, 2005), DNA degradation and repair (e.g. MBE, 2001a; Am. J. Hum. Gen. 2003b,c), exobiology (e.g. Lancet, 2003), phylogenetics (e.g. Curr. Biol. 2004), and molecular evolution (e.g. MBE, 2001b). EW has served as a reviewer for various granting agencies and journals including the NSF (US), Am. J. Hum. Gen. and TREE. EW is an invited member of the International Mars Cyroscout drilling team (NASA), and scientific organizer for the 3rd Mars Polar Conference (NASA). He has been an invited keynote speaker at 15 international conferences and meetings, has obtained 13 large grants and prizes in Denmark, UK, Australia, and the EU, and has been key supervisor for 7 MSc and PhD students in Copenhagen and Oxford. EW has strong collaborations with world leading scientists in Europe, USA, Canada, and Russia, and has headed and participated in 10 international polar expeditions. He has communicated his work to the public through documentary films, books, popular articles, museum exhibitions and numerous national and international TV, newspaper, and magazine interviews. /p>