Johannes Krause (Max-Planck Institute), "The Genetic History of Plague: On the Doorstep to the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean"
Dr. Krause is director of the archaeogenetics department at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany and Professor at the Universities of Tuebingen and Jena. His focus is on evolutionary genetics and ancient DNA research including methodological developments and complete genome-wide studies of ancient human populations. He discovered the first genetic evidence of the Denisovans and demonstrated that they represent an independent branch of the genus Homo and he has also contributed to research in the reconstruction of the Neanderthal genome. His recent work includes revealing the genetic heritage of ancient Egyptians, Minoans and Myceneans, ancient Anatolians or Pleistocene Africans. His team demonstrated for the first time the application of DNA capture techniques to reconstruct complete ancient pathogen genomes such as epidemic plague bacteria from victims of the Black Death, or salmonella from 16th century Mexico.