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Andaine Seguin-Orlando is a permanent Associate Professor in Palaeogenomics at the University Paul Sabatier Toulouse 3 (since September 2020) and a member of the AGES group.

Initially trained as a molecular biologist at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Lyon, France 1998-2002), she was appointed as Life and Earth Sciences high-school teacher (professeure agrégée des SVT) until 2010. Between 2010 and 2017, she was in charge of the Danish National High-Throughput DNA Sequencing Center, hosted by the Natural History Museum of Denmark. Andaine was awarded a PhD in palaeogenomics at the University of Copenghagen, Denmark in 2016 (Improving High-Throughput Sequencing Approaches for Reconstructing the Evolutionary Dynamics of Upper Paleolithic Human Groups, supervisor Pr. Eske Willerslev, Center for GeoGenetics). She is working in Toulouse since 2017, first as an ERC postdoc (PEGASUS, dir. Ludovic Orlando) and then supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (#795916-NEO : Living in Europe in the late Neolithic. A trans-disciplinary temporal perspective on present-day Europeans) and a Research Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (dir. Paul Seabright, UT1 Capitole).

Andaine’s research focus is on human palaeogenomics. She aims at better understanding the deep roots of gender inequalities by exploring the status and life of women during the key transitional period between the Neolithic and the Bronze Age in occidental Europe. Andaine has received the 2019 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science young talent award for her project on gender contrasts in the Neolithic. She is collaborating as palaeogenomics expert on the ANR project WomenSOFar (dir. Gwenaëlle Goude). Andaine is also supported by ZA PYGAR and CNRS-INEE (PEPS Evolution biologique – Evolution culturelle) to analyze ancient DNA from paleofeces.

Andaine is a member of the ethics working group Paohce (Prélèvements et Analyses sur l’Os Humain et Conservation des Echantillons), hosted by the French Ministry of Culture.

At the University Paul Sabatier, Andaine is teaching Molecular Biology (L1 & L2 Life Sciences), Palaeoanthropology (L2 & L3 Life Sciences), Anthropobiology (M1 Ecology and Bio-Health), Next-Generation Sequencing Data Analysis (M2 Bioinformatics and System Biology) and Palaeogenomics (M2 Integrative Anthropobiology). Andaine is leading the LUDO project (fondation Catalyses), with the ambition to create serious games (board games, video games, role play) on molecular archaeology. The original games are used as teaching material for bachelor students, as well as outreach material.

Andaine is co-supervising the PhD work of Pierre Clavel (co-dir. Ludovic Orlando) and Raphaëlle Coton (co-dir. Caroline Costedoat).

Selected Seminars

  1. January 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 : Journées de la Société d’Anthropologie de Paris. Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Paris, Toulouse – France (scientific committee in 2022).
  2. June 2021: International Symposium for Biomolecular Archaeology 9. Online. (organization and scientific committee)
  3. October 8th 2019 : L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science scientific evening. Natural History Museum, Paris, France. (Invited talk).
  4. December 13th 2018: DFG Center for Advanced Studies Annual Symposium. Tübingen, Germany. (Invited talk)
  5. September 21st 2018: International Symposium for Biomolecular Archaeology 8. Jena, Germany.

Selected Publications

  1. Moltke I*, Korneliussen TS*, Seguin-Orlando A* et al. 2021. Identifying a living great-grandson of the Lakota Sioux leader Tatanka Iyotake (Sitting Bull). Science Advances doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abh2013
  2. Seguin-Orlando A*, Costedoat C* et al. 2021. No particular genomic features underpin the dramatic economic consequences of 17th century plague epidemics in Italy. iScience, doi :10.1016/j.isci.2021.102383
  3. Seguin-Orlando A, et al. 2021. Heterogeneous Hunter-Gatherer and Steppe-Related Ancestries in the Late Neolithic and Bell Beaker Genomes from Present-Day France. Current Biology doi :10.1016/j.cub.2020.12.015.
  4. Sikora*, Seguin-Orlando* et al. 2017. Ancient genomes show social and reproductive behavior of early Upper Paleolithic foragers. Science 358:659-662
  5. Seguin-Orlando*, Korneliussen*, Sikora* et al. 2014. Genomic structure in Europeans dating back at least 36,200 years. Science 346:1113-1118.