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Postdoctoral Research fellow, Genetics
Current Research and Scholarly Interests I'm an ancient DNA and population genetics researcher and my main aim is to understand historical migration processes by the analysis of human remains and its comparison with modern populations.
My expertise is focused on the analysis of uniparental markers (mitochondrial DNA and the non-recombining portion of the Y-chromosome) in ancient human remains. My PhD thesis consisted of the analysis of both uniparental markers in Canarian prehispanic aborigines and also in a XVIII century historical population. The comparison of the ancient DNA results with the data obtained from the current population of the Canary Islands allowed me to determine the impact of the European conquest on the native inhabitants.
One of my current projects deals with the study of the human migrations related with the transoceanic slave trade and the indentured laborers in Mauritius by using genomic data. This project is in collaboration with the Mauritian Archaeology and Cultural Heritage project and the Department of Archeology at Stanford University. I'm analyzing historical human remains from two archaeological sites: Le Morne (slavery period) and Bois Marchand (indentured laborer period), and a modern human samples in order to determine the temporal evolution of the genetic composition of Mauritius.