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Ludovic is a former student from the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon (1996-2000), one of the top-5 French universities. First trained as a molecular biologist, he early became interested in applying computational techniques to DNA sequence data. He graduated in molecular genetics from the Univ. of Lyon, France in 2003, twenty years after the first ancient DNA molecule was ever sequenced. He was appointed as a permanent Associate Professor at ENS Lyon, where he lectured and performed research between 2005 and 2010. He started his own research group in 2010 at the Centre for GeoGenetics, Univ. of Copenhagen, Denmark, where he was appointed as a full Professor in ‘Molecular Archaeology’ until 2020. He became a CNRS research director in 2016 and the director of the UMR5288 research department in 2020.
Amongst his early career achievements feature (1) the sequencing of the oldest genome, (2) the characterization of the first ancient epigenome, and (3) the reconstruction of the genomic history of horse domestication.
He has been part of several organizing and scientific boards of international meetings, including for the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution, the International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology, the International Union for Quaternary Research and the International Union of the Protohistoric and Prehistoric Sciences. He has been an Academic Editor and/or Editor-in-Chief for multiple scientific journals, including PLoS One, Scientific Reports, Peer J and STAR. He published 180+ scientific research articles and several books. He took part of several national research committees, including for the French National Research Agency (ANR) (2012 and 2013), the ‘Institut Universitaire de France’ (2015 and 2016), INRAE Genomics (2020-) and the Scientific Advisory Board of France Génomique (2021-). His research has received multiple national and international funding, including from several Marie-Curie programmes and the prestigious European Research Council.
Selected Invited Seminars (full list)
- Dec 10th 2020: Colloque CNRS ‘L’animal à l’anthropocène’
- June 17th 2019: International Society for Applied Sciences. Split, Croatia.
- March 30th 2019: Reconstructing the Human Past using ancient and modern genomics. EMBL Heidelberg, Germany.
- November 4th 2018: AGTA Keynote speaker. Adelaide, Australia.
- April 18th 2018: 1st AsiaEvo Keynote speaker. Shenzen, China.
Selected Publications (full list)
- Frantz et al. 2020. Animal domestication in the ear of ancient genomics. Nat Rev Genet 21:449-60.
- Fordham et al. 2020. Using paleo-archives to safeguard biodiversity under climate change. Science 369:eabc5654.
- Fages et al. 2019. Tracking five millennia of horse management with extensive ancient genome time series. Cell 177:1419-35.
- Gaunitz et al. 2018. Ancient genomes revisit the ancestry of domestic and Przewalski’s horses. Science 360:111-14.
- Librado et al. 2017. Ancient genomic changes associated with domestication of the horse. Science 356:442-5.