Twitter: @oscarixox

Academic Background

Oscar Estrada is a postdoctoral researcher in the AGES group interested in evolutionary biology, population genomics, and domestication. He has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in biological sciences. In 2019, Oscar received a PhD in Genetics and Evolution at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA at the University of Adelaide (Australia). During his PhD, he used DNA sequences from ancient, historical, and modern plant material to study the domestication and evolution of polyploid species such as wheat and quinoa. Soon after his PhD, he continued working as a research affiliate and bioinformatician of the Faculty of Biological Sciences of the University of Adelaide. Currently, Oscar is using ancient DNA methods, high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatics data mining and analysis to examine the evolutionary changes associated with animal and plant domestication.

Selected Presentations

  • Ancient chloroplast and nuclear genomes provide insights into the evolutionary history of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.). The Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) XXVI Conference. San Diego, The United States of America. January 11-15, 2020.
  • New advances in ancient DNA analysis: applications in plant domestication. Instituto Superior de Estudios Sociales, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (ISES, CONICET), San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina. Abril 27, 2018.
  • Ancient plant DNA to the rescue: unlocking crop genetic diversity from the past. The University of Adelaide. Adelaide, Australia. July 2018.
  • Assessing the variability of plant ion transporter genes through time using modern and ancient DNA. The Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) XXVI Conference. San Diego, The United States of America. January 13-17, 2018.
  • Chloroplast diversity of historical wheat species from Georgia. The University of Adelaide Postgraduate Symposium. Adelaide, Australia. July 20, 2017.

Selected Publications