Position: Marie Curie Fellow
ESR6: Tracing the Origins of the Noir Marron in French Guiana
Supervision: Prof. Jean-Michel Dugoujon
Host Institution: Laboratoire dʼAnthropologie Moléculaire et dʼImagerie de Synthèse, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse
I am a biological anthropologist with a scientific background in molecular biology. My primary research interests are focussed on better understanding modern human demographic history – including past migrations and population interactions – using a multidisciplinary approach that includes archaeological, historical, statistical, socio-cultural and genetic data. For my Master’s thesis I studied Mediterranean migration patterns and the peopling of the Iberian Peninsula with different genetic markers (Forensic Sci Int Genet, 2012 6(2): e66-71). More recently I have been interested in studying the genetic admixture of African-American peoples resulting from the trans-Atlantic slave trade. My research focus for EUROTAST is to expand current knowledge concerning the genetic variation among African descendant populations in South America from genetic and genomic data, in order to better understand their original African genetic diversity.