November 2014 - Annual Winter Lecture

  • Event:  Edinburgh Infectious Diseases Winter Public Lecture 2014
  • Title:  Ancient Pathogen Genomics: What we learn from historical epidemics
  • When:  Thursday 6 November 2014
  • Time:  5.30 - 6.30 pm
  • Location:  Playfair Library, Old College, University of Edinburgh South Bridge

Professor Johannes Krause gave a very entertaining and informative lecture to over 100 people in the Playfair Library at the University of Edinburgh.  To watch the video of the event on YouTube, please click the link above.

About the speaker


Professor Johannes Krause is Director of the new Max Planck Institute for History and the Sciences in Jena, specialising in Pleistocene megafauna and ancient pathogens.  His broader interests are human evolution, host pathogen interactions and phylogenetic reconstructions.


Johannes pioneered research on nuclear DNA of Neandertals and found the first genetic evidence of a fossil human form that was named Denisovan.  He also carried out ground-breaking genome-wide analysis of ancient pathogens by deciphering the genome of medieval Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that caused the Black Death in the 14th century. 

His research group now focuses on ancient pathogen genomics from major pandemics in order to understand host-adaptation and evolution of human pathogens.

Joahnnes has published more than 30 articles in peer reviewed journals among them Cell, Nature, Science, Nature PNAS, Current Biology and others.  Highlights of his research can be found in the papers below.

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