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.