THEVES Catherine


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Catherine Theves is a permanent CNRS researcher in ancient DNA, a member of the AGES group and deputy director of the CAGT.

Her research is at the intersection of several disciplines :

Catherine Theves research focuses on studying the human genetic diversity of past populations and the evolution of infectious pathogens and their impacts during epidemic emergence or re-emergence.
Her work is in the field of biological anthropology, focusing on individuals and populations from a perspective of environmental interaction. This environmental dimension of her research rather examines human groups at various periods of time that can be « referenced », in rural, urban environments or recognized lifestyles, taking into account economic and cultural exchanges.
She is working on methodological developments in paleogenetics and paleogenomics for a better precision of ancient microbiomes.

Selected publications

  • Willmann C, Mata X, Hanghoej K, Tonasso L, Tisseyre L, Jeziorski C, Cabot E, Chevet P, Crubézy E, Orlando L, Esclassan R, Thèves C. Oral health status in historic population: Macroscopic and metagenomic evidence. PLoS One. 2018 May 16;13(5):e0196482. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0196482. eCollection 2018.
  • Thèves C, Cabot E, Bouakaze C, Chevet P, Crubezy E, Balaresque P. About 42% of 154 remains from the « Battle of Le Mans », France (1793) belong to women andchildren: morphological and genetic evidence. Forensic Sci Int. 2016 May;262:30-6. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.02.029. Epub 2016 Feb 23.
  • Thèves C, Crubézy E, Biagini P. History of Smallpox and Its Spread in Human Populations. Microbiol Spectr. 2016 Aug;4(4). doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.PoH-0004-2014.
  • Biagini P, Thèves C, Balaresque P, Géraut A, Cannet C, Keyser C, Nikolaeva D, Gérard P, Duchesne S, Orlando L, Willerslev E, Alekseev A.N., de Micco P, Ludes B, Crubézy E (2012) Variola virus in a 300-year-old Siberian mummy. N Engl J Med; 367:2056-8.