Ghosts of our Ancestors: Archaic Human Remains in our Genomes with Omer Gokcumen

Friday, January 20th 2017 at 7:00 pm
CFI–Transnational, 3965 Rensch Road, Amherst, NY

Recent advances in genomic technologies allowed us to take glimpses into DNA from tens of thousands of years ago. To our surprise, we discovered that all of us share genetic pieces from our evolutionary cousins (e.g., Neanderthals) who lived with our ancestors side-by-side before dying out. These pieces may hold clues to modern human variation and shed light onto the amazingly diverse world of our ancestors.

Join us at 7:00 PM on Friday, January 20 for Dr. Gokcumen's lecture, Ghosts of our Ancestors: Archaic Human Remains in our Genomes!

Omer Gokcumen Omer Gokcumen graduated from Bogazici University in Turkey with a degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics. He defended his thesis "Ethnohistorical and genetic survey of four Central Anatolian settlements" and was awarded a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. He then contributed several breakthrough studies in human and primate genomic variation as a postdoctoral fellow in Harvard Medical School. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo. The research in his laboratory focuses on the evolutionary impact of gene duplications and deletions on human and primate genomes. He has recently published several highly-publicized, award-winning studies addressing the broad question: Why have disease causing deletions and duplications been maintained in human populations?

General Admission: $5
CFI Planet Level Members & higher: FREE
Students: FREE