Copenhagen University, DK


Eske Willerslev is director of the Centre of Excellence in GeoGenetics and the National CryoBank and Sequencing Facility, situated at the University of Copenhagen.

During his PhD, Eske Willerslev established the first ancient DNA facility in Denmark, which rapidly became internationally recognized for establishing the fields of ancient sedimentary and ice core genetics.

Eske Willerslev is an internationally recognized researcher in the fields of ancient DNA, DNA degradation, and evolutionary biology, and holds a full professorship at the University of Copenhagen as well as the prestigious position of Visiting Professor at Oxford University.

Eske Willerslev has 20 publications in Science and Nature, and 134 publications in other high profile peer review journals. He has been a keynote or invited speaker at 73 international conferences, and has successfully applied for and been awarded 50 large research grants and academic prizes. He has communicated his work to the public, for which he was awarded  in 2012 by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. In April 2014 he was elected as a member in the prestigious American National Academy of Sciences.



Willerslev E, et al. (2014) Fifty thousand years of Arctic vegetation and megafaunal diet. Nature 506, 47-51.
Rasmussen M, et al. and Willerslev E. (2014) The genome of a Late Pleistocene human from a Clovis burial site in western Montana. Nature 506,  225-229.
Rasmussen M, et al. and Willerslev E. (2011) An Aboriginal Australian genome reveals separate human dispersals into Asia. Science 334:94-98 .
Waters MR, et al. and Willerslev E. (2011) Pre-Clovis Mastodon Hunting 13,800 Years Ago at the Manis Site, Washington. Science 334, 351-353.
Rasmussen M, et al. and Willerslev E. (2010) Ancient human genome sequence of an extinct Palaeo-Eskimo. Nature 463, 757-62.



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