Laboratory work at the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Vienna

The implementation of scientific projects Reconstruction of genetic diversity and migratory patterns of late Avar population using ancient DNA analysis led by dr. sc. Dubravka Havaš Auguštin and Tracing the Slavic origins of Croatians using ancient genomes led by dr. sc. Jelena Šarac. Both projects are implemented at the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Vienna, under the mentorship of prof. dr. sc. Ron Pinhasi, and are funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Joint Excellence in Science and Humanities (JESH) program) and the MZO project EUROGENESIS led by dr. sc. Mario Novak.

Attached is a link to the video of PhD student Victoria Oberreiter about her work in the Laboratory for Ancient DNA where these projects are carried out, and in which these scientists also participate.

Laboratory course in Porto

Željka Celinšćak, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher on the CSF project HECUBA has participated from 17th January – 4th February 2022. in the “Essential Molecular Biology – ‘Hands on’ Laboratory Course, 20th edition”, organized by the laboratory of support to research in molecular medicine of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (Portugal). The course covers the genomics and proteomics analysis techniques used for scientific research in biomedicine. The objectives of the course are the acquisition of skills in laboratory experimentation, carrying out experimental work and interpreting results proficiently and confidently in the areas of genomics and proteomics. Special emphasis is given to experimental design and troubleshooting, which is accomplished through a deep understanding of a theoretical part of the methods. Practicing work with bioinformatics tools needed for experimental design is also a part of the course. Participation in the course is covered by the Croatian Science Foundation project HECUBA.

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Erasmus +

Anita Stojanović Marković, PhD student at the Institute for Anthropological Research from January 17th 2022 till April 29th 2022 is at Institute of Genomics, Estonian Biocenter, Tartu through Erasmus+ scholarship. During her stay she will learn computational population genetics and genomics skills, learn the very standard computational population genetic methods with the in-house pipelines and on the genotyping datasets available in Estonian Biocenter, learn the analyses process with genomic sequencing datasets, interact with researchers from Estonian Biobank (also within Institute of Genomics) to learn about their more clinically oriented research and methods


Erasmus +

Iva Šunić, PhD student at the Institute for anthropological research. She applied for the Erasmus + internship competition that came out in June on the University website. She is going to the COPSAC clinical unit in Copenhagen. The COPSAC clinic is researching cohort studies, which is similar to the research at the Institute. Iva will be there for 6 months (1.11.2021-30.4.2022).

University of Aberdeen in Scotland

Mario Carić, PhD student at the Institute for anthropological research. During a one-month stay at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, he specialized in collagen extraction of a newer and more effective method for the purpose of stable isotope analysis used in the reconstruction of the diet of archaeological populations. In addition to the practical, he was educated in the interpretive part. This, minimally destructive method, is the only one of this type that is actively implemented in Croatia and southeast Europe in general.