2nd International Human Migration Conference     |     http://www.ihmc.cinvestav.mx/es-es
Iniciar   |   23 / 09 / 2017


Dr. Michael H. Crawford
Laboratories of Biological Anthropology
University of Kansas, USA


Michael H. Crawford is an anthropological geneticist who received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington-Seattle in 1967. He has been an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh in Anthropology and Human Genetics (1967-71) and associate and full professor of biological anthropology at the University of Kansas 1971-present. He established the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology in 1976 and has served as director for more than 40 years. He mentored a total of 38 doctoral students and 20 post -doctoral fellows worldwide. 

He has conducted field investigations on the origins, patterns of migration and population structure in: Siberian indigenous populations, Tlaxcaltecans of Mexico, Black Caribs of Central America and the Caribbean, Aleuts of the Aleutian Archipelago, Irish itinerants, Italian Alpine Valleys, Hungarian agricultural villages, castes of southern India, and outports of Newfoundland. In addition, he has conducted genetic epidemiological research on hypertension, schizophrenia, biological aging, non-human primate lymphoma and late onset autoimmune form of diabetes.

Professor Crawford has published 23 books and special issues of journals plus more than 350 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He served for eleven years as editor-in-chief of the international journal of population biology and genetics Human Biology. He was elected president of two national organizations: Human Biology Association and American Association of Anthropological Genetics. He was elected as foreign academician by the Argentine Academy of Science—Cordoba, an honor that he shares with Charles Darwin. He has received lifetime achievement awards from two national organizations: Franz Boas award from Human Biology Association and the Charles R. Darwin award from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. 

Talk Title: “Causes and Evolutionary Consequences of Human Migration: Molecular Perspective”

 Dr. María de Lourdes Muñoz
Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology


Dr. Munoz got a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados, CINVESTAV-IPN, in Mexico City. She has been a visiting fellow for several organisations in the USA including the Advanced Research Experience at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Md., and the Department of Genetics, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Recently she collaborated with Dr. Michael Crawford in the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans. She has more than 30 years of experience working at the Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology (CINVESTAV-IPN).  Her research interests are multiple including:

  • Identification of Dengue virus receptors in the midgut of mosquito epithelial cells. •    
  • Populations genetics of human ancient remains in Monte-Alban, Ixtapalapa, Teotihuacan, Templo Mayor, Tabasco and Cholula.
  • Genetics of contemporary populations. 
  • Genetics of Dengue virus, and the vector mosquito Aedes aegypti.
  • Genetic markers for type 2 diabetes Mellitus.
  • The epigenetic modification of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in patients with breast cancer associated with other health issues.   
  • Mechanisms of pathogenicity of Entamoeba histolytica. 

Talk Title: “Pre-Hispanic and Contemporary Maya Migrations”



Dr. Maanasa Raghavan
Department of Zoology
University of Cambridge, UK


I am a molecular biologist, specializing in the use of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data to study human population histories. I completed my B.Sc. at the University of Toronto (2002-2006) and M.Sc. at the University of Oxford (2006-2007). My Ph.D. at the University of Copenhagen (2008-2011) and subsequent postdoctoral research at the Centre for GeoGenetics, Denmark (2012-2015) focused on resolving aspects of the early peopling of the Americas by making using of genome-scale data from ancient and modern humans from the Americas and Siberia. I am currently a Senior Research Associate at the department, Visiting Researcher at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and College Research Associate at St. John's College.

My research focuses on the use of next-generation sequencing data to reconstruct human population histories and understand how and when patterns of present-day genetic diversity were formed. I use a combined approach that brings together modern and ancient DNA datasets in order to investigate human population dynamics over time and how events in the past, such as migrations and admixture, have shaped the current genetic landscape. 

Talk Title: "Reconstructing human population histories using ancient DNA"

Dr. Ripan S. Malhi 
Department of Anthropology  University of Illinois, USA


Ripan S. Malhi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, School of Integrative Biology and Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  He earned his PhD from the Department of Anthropology at UC Davis and then completed a postdoc in the Department of Human Genetics, University of Michigan Medical School. Prior to starting at the University of Illinois, Ripan co-founded a biotechnology company, called Trace Genetics, Inc., in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a molecular anthropologist who collaborates with indigenous communities to study the evolutionary histories of indigenous peoples of North America.  Ripan organizes the Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics (SING), an NIH-funded program for indigenous community members to learn innovative concepts and methods at the cross section of indigeneity and genomics. He is also the executive editor of the journal Human Biology and associate editor of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Talk Title: Community engagement, paleogenomics and evolutionary histories of indigenous peoples of North America”


Dr. Mark Stoneking
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology  Germany


Mark Stoneking received his PhD in genetics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986.  After postdoctoral work at Berkeley he held research scientist positions at the Human Genome Center at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and at the Cetus Corporation.  He joined the faculty of the anthropology department at The Pennsylvania State University as an assistant professor in 1990, rising to associate professor in 1994 and full professor in 1998.  In 1999 he left Penn State for the newly-established Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, where he supervises the Human Population History Group and is Honorary Professor of Biological Anthropology at the University of Leipzig. His research interests involve using molecular genetic methods to address questions of anthropological interest concerning the origins, migrations, and relationships of human populations, and the influence of selection during human evolution. He is also the author of a new textbook, Introduction to Molecular Anthropology (Wiley 2017).

Talk Title: “Genome-wide data, human dispersal, out-of-Africa, archaic genomes”

Dr. Dennis O’Rourke
Laboratories of Biological Anthropology
University of Kansas, USA 


Dennis O’Rourke (KU – PhD in Anthropology, emphasis in genetics) - Foundation Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kansas, Director of the KU ancient DNA Laboratory, Associate Director of the Laboratories of Biological Anthropology, and Professor Emeritus University of Utah.

My research focuses on the use of molecular genetic methods to address long-standing questions in prehistory. My students and collaborators have conducted fieldwork and research projects in Mexico, the Caribbean, the US Southwest and California, and the North American arctic. Most recently, my group has focused attention on ancient DNA methods to investigate the colonization and dispersal of the North American arctic, and how this informs us about the earlier initial colonization of the Western Hemisphere. Utilizing genomic analyses of both human and archaeofaunal and archaeobotanical materials, my research interests and efforts increasingly are at the intersection of anthropological genetics, bioarchaeology, and paleoecology.

Talk Title: “An Arctic Lens for American Migration: Integrating Genomics, Archaeology and Paleoecology.  If that's too long, I can shorten it”


    Dr. Antonio Arnaiz-Villena
Department of Immunology  Complutense University, Spain 


He studied Medicine and Biology at Complutense University (Madrid, Spain) and got his PhD doctorate in Medicine. He spent 9 years at the London Hospital Medical College and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School (London, UK) training in Immunology and Genetics. He came back to Spain and set up the Immunology departments of Hospital Ramon y Cajal and Hospital 12 de Octubre (Madrid); he also participated in Spanish Transplant Law redaction and promotion and for this he has recently received an Award at Senate by Queen Sofia. He has also set up teaching of Immunology at Biomedical Schools of University Complutense, directed 48 PhD theses and published 351 articles in Immunology, Ornithology, HLA and Population Genetics. At present, he works and is Chairman at The Madrid Regional Blood Center and University Complutense (Madrid).

Talk Title: Prehistoric Atlantic and Pacific Transoceanic Genetic and Cultural Contacts with America

Dr. Ricardo Cerda-Flores
Autonomous University of Nuevo León, Mexico


Human Population Genetics (1981-present)
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. Facultad de Enfermería. Monterrey, Mexico.

Dr. Cerda-Flores' research interests include: 1. Population Genetics in Mexicans with and without multifactorial diseases. 2. Assessment of heritability and/or concordance of quantitative and qualitative markers in Mexican families. 3. Validation of candidate gene association reported in literature in Mexicans families with and without multifactorial diseases. 4. Evaluation of Gene-Environment-Behavior-Culture interaction. 5. Predictions of the risk of multifactorial diseases in healthy undiagnosed Mexican populations using validated "Online Risk Calculators". 

  • Retired of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS: 1981-2009: Senior Researcher).
  • Research Professor of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL: 2009-present: Research Professor: Facultad de Enfermería, Facultad de Salud Pública y Nutrición. 
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM: 2016-present: Associate Professor). Sistema Nacional de Investigadores Nivel II (1984-2020). 

Talk Title: “Anthropological and Medical Implications of Genetic Admixture in the Mexican Mestizo Population”

    Dr. Guido Barbujani     
Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology
University of Ferrra, Italy 



The population genetics group at Ferrara (established 1974) has a long tradition in the study of human genetic diversity and in the development of biostatistical methods for evolutionary inference. More recently, we extended our interests to the study of ancient DNA, forensic genetics and conservation genetics. The 7 faculty members, 3 postdocs and 5 graduate students are supported by grants from the European Research Council (Advanced Grant LanGeLin), the European Commission (7th Framework Programme), the Italian Ministry for Universities and Research (MIUR) and several private institutions.

Main active lines of investigation:

  • Worldwide patterns of human genomic and linguistic (grammatical) diversity
  • Genomic signatures of selection processes
  • Genealogical relationships between ancient and modern Europeans
  • Demographic history of the genus Pan
  • Genetic variation and population structure in endangered species
  • Bayesian methods to infer demographic history.

Faculty: Guido Barbujani, Chiara Scapoli, Giorgio Bertorelle, Elisabetta Mamolini, Silvia Fuselli, Silvia Ghirotto, Andrea Benazzo
Pst docs: Gloria Gonzalez Fortes, Francesca Tassi, Emiliano Trucchi
Graduate students: Roberta Rosa Susca, Andrea Brunelli, Wuhe Jike, Roberto Biello, Patricia Santos

Talk Title: “Genetic Continuity and Discontinuity in Prehistoric Italy”



Dr. Justin Gest
Public Policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of  Policy and Government
    University of Arlington, USA


Justin Gest is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. He is the author of Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West (Oxford University Press 2010), The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality (Oxford University Press 2016), and will soon publish Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in Times of Demographic Change (Cambridge University Press 2017). He is the editor of Silent Citizenship: The Politics of Marginality in Unequal Democracies (Routledge 2016), and has authored a dozen peer-reviewed articles. He has also provided commentaries for BBC, CNN, The Guardian, NPR, Politico, Reuters, and Vox Media. Professor Gest received the 2014 Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize, Harvard’s highest award for faculty teaching. In 2013, he received the 2013 Star Family Prize for Student Advising, Harvard’s highest award for student advising. In 2007, he co-founded the Migration Studies Unit at the London School of Economics (LSE).

Research Interest: Immigration Policy, Demographic Change, Political Behavior.

Talk Title: “The Market Model: Immigration Regimes in Comparative Perspective”ico border”

Dr. Javiera Cervini-Silva
Department of Processes and Technology
UAM-Cuajimalpa, Mexico





Javiera Cervini-Silva received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, High Honors, 07.95), and M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering (05.97) and PhD in Soil Environmental Chemistry (05.99) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, thanks to awarded fellowships from the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) and UNAM (DGAPA-UNAM). After postdoctoral work in Environmental Geochemistry at the U.S.DOE Orland Berkeley National Laboratory under Prof. Garrison Sposito (99-02) and in Geomicrobiology at the Dept. of Earth and Planetary Science of the University of California Berkeley (03) under Prof. Jill Banfield, she held an assistant researcher position at the Center for Integrative Planetary Science, and acted as subdirector of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) of that institution (BIOMARS program; 03-05). In 2006, she was awarded a Repatriation Grant from CONACYT, and joined the faculty of UNAM as (untenured) associate researcher (Inv. Tit. A) of the Institute of Geography (06-09). In 2009, she left UNAM for the newly-established University Autonoma Metropolitana Cuajimalpa Campus (Santa Fe District) to hold a [untenured (09-10) and tenured (10 to present)] full professor position in the Dept. of Technology and Processes. She supervises undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students from various Mexican institutions, including UAM, UNAM, and CINVESTAV. She holds previous work experience in the Materials Research Institute (UNAM), National Center of Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED), and Mexican Oil Institute (IMP). She has participated in the edition of the books: Carbon Stabilization by Clays in the Environment: Processes and Characterization Methods. (2009), The Clay Minerals Society Workshop Series Vol. 16, 135 pp, The Clay Minerals Society, Washington (ISBN 978-1- 881208-17- 4) and Molecular Geomicrobiology. (2005). J.F. Banfield, J. Cervini-Silva, & K. Nealson, Eds. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry Vol. 59. Mineralogical Society of America. Washington, D.C. 294 pp (ISBN 093995071-5). She has participated in the organization of scientific meetings as session chair or member of the scientific board, as well as in the organization of workshops, including ¨Molecular Geomicrobiology¨(Berkeley, California, Dec 2005; sponsored by The Mineralogical Society of America, U.S. Department of Energy, NASA Astrobiology Institute); "Carbon Stabilization by Clays in the Environment¨ (Santa Fe, New México, June 2007; sponsored by The Clay Minerals Society, Kaolin Co, Chevron). She is a numerary member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences (AMC), and an active member of the National System of Researchers (SNI). Her research interests involve using high resolution analytical techniques to study the preservation of ancient human remains and mummies.

Talk Title: "A closer look at surfaces of preserved specimenes a closer look at surfaces of preserved specimens" 



Dr. Tatiana Karafet 
University of Arizona, USA


Research Insterests: The genetic basis of adaptation to climatic stress in Siberian indigenous populations. The native populations of Siberia provide the best opportunity to investigate the genetic basis of cold resistance given their long-term residence in some of the coldest climates on earth. The combination of dense genetic data, wide geographic population coverage, and several powerful methods for detecting the signatures of natural selection offer the most comprehensive picture of genetic adaptation to cold in humans to date.

Testing Models of Genetic and Linguistic Change in the Caucasus Mountains. The goal of this project is to examine patterns of genetic diversity of Daghestanian populations at a fine geographic scale and to use a population genetics framework to investigate how historical processes produce genetic, linguistic and cultural change.

Coevolution of languages and genes in eastern Indonesia. The aim of this project is to investigate the co-evolution of languages and various genetic systems on two islands of eastern Indonesia.

Talk Title: “Historical peopling of Siberia: the origin of Samoyedic-speaking populations”


 Dr. Alvaro Díaz-Badillo
South Texas Diabetes and  Obesity Institute, School of Medicine
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA


Dr. Alvaro Diaz-Badillo Ph.D., DSc., is an Assistant Research Scientist in the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute (STDOI) of the School of Medicine in UTRGV. Dr. Diaz-Badillo has several years of working experience in genetics and molecular biology. The major goal of his research is related to arboviral infections and diseases such as Dengue, West Nile, Chikungunya, and Zika and their transmission vectors and has a number of peer-reviewed publications in this area. During his postdoctoral studies at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio, Texas, he developed expertise in genetic epidemiology and the statistical genetic analysis including genome scans using family data. Dr. Diaz-Badillo joined the STDOI to conduct genome-wide association studies to identify susceptibility loci for Dengue, West Nile, Zika, and Chikungunya and their possible relationship with diabetes.

Talk Title: “Impact of Human Migration on the spread of arboviral diseases in the US-Mexico border”


Dr. Igor Mokrousov
Pasteur Institute
Saint Petersburg Pasteur Institute, Russia


Molecular evolution, phylogenetics, and molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Human phylogeography, co-evolution of H. sapiens and M. tuberculosis. Molecular basis of drug resistance and development of genotypic tools for its detection. Genomics and development of molecular methods for genotyping bacterial species (Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Corynebacterium diphtheriae).

Talk Title: “Major impact of massive migration on spread of epidemic Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains”


    Dr. Ben Krause-Kyora    
Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology
Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany


I am a biochemist and archeologist by training who looks at human development on a molecular level. During the last 10,000 years, humankind has been in steady interaction with the environment, being exposed to pathogens and dependent on exploiting food sources that were shaped by landscape, climate and life style. My main research interest is to investigate how pathogens and changes in nutrition and subsistence strategies have shaped our genome over the last millennia. The underlying evolutionary processes also have important implications for modern disease genetics, e.g. in civilization and inflammatory diseases. I address my research questions by using ancient DNA (aDNA) analysis. The combination of aDNA and genomic methodologies has considerably advanced the whole field and allows us to trace molecular evolutionary changes through time, practically watching as they are happening.

I am head of the Kiel aDNA Laboratory that was established in 2008. I have developed capture and sequencing technologies that have made aDNA studies highly sensitive and their results considerably more reliable. Genomic analyses of smallest amounts of highly degraded DNA can now be carried out. In 2014, the existing aDNA laboratory will be replaced by a new, state-of-the-art facility that will expand the range of our analytical toolkit and research potential even further.

I am currently working as scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Nevertheless I am head of the Junior Research Group in Kiel. 

Talk Title: “Leprosy in ancient samples and aging”



Dr. Christopher Jenkinson
South Texas Diabetes and  Obesity Institute, School of Medicine
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA


The major focus of Dr. Jenkinson’s research is the identification of the molecular factors underlying complex multifactorial disorders including obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes (T2D), and the metabolic syndrome. He has a special interest in transcriptomic analysis of gene expression as a powerful technique to be used in conjunction with other approaches including Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) and expression Quantitative Trait Loci (eQTL) analysis for disease gene isolation and identification. He recently published a review contrasting the strengths and weaknesses of each of these methods. A second major focus of his work is the development of versatile human cell-based systems for rapidly testing the causative role and mechanistic action of genetic variants discovered using the other association-based techniques (GWAS and eQTL). This work is key to translating correlation into causation. For two decades he has been actively involved in collaborative genetic epidemiologic investigations of T2D, obesity and related metabolic disorders in family-based Mexican American cohorts based in San Antonio, Texas. During his tenure as the Principal Investigator on multiple NIH and VA funded grants, his research has involved active recruitment of subjects, obtaining clinical data and specimens, and performing molecular genetic analysis of genes, RNA and proteins. Recent studies have highlighted some dramatic new findings involving the adipose alcohol dehydrogenase 1B enzyme (ADH1B) and its mechanistic association with obesity and insulin resistance (OB/IR). This work was motivated by previous investigations using whole genome gene expression in adipose tissue biopsies, obtained from Mexican American individuals, in which it was demonstrated that ADH1B mRNA expression was significantly inversely correlated with all 15 OB/IR traits measured. These findings have since been extended to studies in human adipocytes in primary culture and are focused on elucidating the mechanistic molecular basis of the relationship between ADH1B expression and obeso-insulin resistance.

Talk Title: “Adipose ADH1B as a global modulator of "obeso-insulin resistance" in multiethnic populations” 


Dr. Adán Valladares-Salgado
Biochemistry Medical Research
CMN S-XXI, Mexico


For more than a decade, I have dedicated to the search for biomarkers associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and its complications such as nephropathy. The genetic part has been studied, mainly through the approach of candidate genes and microarrays. To characterize the participant biochemical, immunological information is also obtained and the composition of the microbiota is identified, so that the participant is offered an immediate benefit.

Talk Title: “Allelic frequency of genes associated with type 2 diabetes”

Dr. Normand García-Hernández
Human Genetics Medical  Research Unit
CMN S-XXI, Mexico


Dr. Normand Garcia got a PhD Chemical-Biology Sciences from the National School of Biological Sciences, IPN, in Mexico City. He has more than 17 years of experience working at the Medical Research Unit in Human Genetics (CMN S-XXI, IMSS). Is a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI), a numerary member of the Mexican Association of Human Genetics (AMGH) and member of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASGH). Awards “Dr. Alfonso Álvarez Bravo 2013”, “Héctor Márquez Monter 2001, 2006, 2007 ” and actual Fellowship from IMSS Foundation

His research interests are multiple including:

  • Genomic, proteomic, epigenetic, regulation networks, retrovirus MMTV/HMTV, insertional mutagenesis and modification of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in patients with breast cancer.
  • Genomic, proteomic, epigenetic, regulation networks in pediatric ependymomas and pineal germinomas.
  • Screening program to evaluate the antidiarrheic, anti-cancer, and anti-diabetic potential of some Mexican medicinal plants and to isolate the active constituents for therapeutic exploitation.
  • Risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and its impact on the state of frailty in elderly people.
  • Molecular biology of children complex congenital heart diseases.
  • Search for predictive, diagnostic, treatment and recurrence markers. 

Talk Title: “Exogenous DNA at the service of evolution: remodeling of the human genome over time, insertional mutagenesis, HERV’s and cancer”


         Dr. Ravi Duggirala          
South Texas Diabetes and  Obesity Institute, School of Medicine
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA


With dual interests in anthropological genetics and genetic epidemiology of complex diseases such as type 2 diabetes (T2D) and obesity, Dr. Duggirala has pursued a wide breadth of scientific inquiries among various human populations. Past, present and future collaborative projects include research investigations such as genetic and cultural influences on lipids among Mennonites in Kansas and Nebraska (United States [US]); localization of genes that influence susceptibility to complex diseases such as obesity, T2D, metabolic syndrome (MS), cardiovascular disease, diabetic nephropathy, and gallbladder disease and their related quantitative traits in Mexican Americans [MAs] (US); genetics of birth weight and its association with adult diseases in MAs (US); genetic studies of T2D in India; and, genetic studies of tuberculosis to be conducted in Mexican populations, Mexico. He has been involved in national and international collaborative projects, mostly funded by NIH, which localized (are localizing) susceptibility genes for various disease conditions related to obesity and T2D. Several subsequent gene discovery projects are now in progress. In addition, given that complex diseases are influenced by genetic and environmental factors and their interactive influences, Dr. Duggirala has been involved in studies that investigated the impact of such interactions on variation in complex phenotypes. He has been part of several genetic studies, using OMICs data sets and bioinformatics tools. Given the growing epidemic of childhood obesity and its complications, Dr. Duggirala and colleagues conducted a systematic family-based genetic epidemiologic study of MS, which involved children and adolescents from predominantly lower-income extended MA families. These data revealed a disturbingly high risk of overweight, obesity, pre-diabetes, and MS in these children; and, strong genetic influences for various MS-related traits were identified. Therefore, they are planning to conduct studies by employing a unique multidisciplinary approach to address the issue of childhood obesity and its cardio-metabolic risk factors by conducting community-based, family-centered lifestyle interventions for children and adolescents in the MA community, who are at greatest risk, in an effort to prevent the development of future serious health problems in these children. Dr. Duggirala and colleagues completed a pilot study on genetic epidemiology of tuberculosis in a Mexican population in Ciduad Juarez, Mexico, and its continued research activities are in progress. To summarize, his research efforts have been centered on genetics of complex diseases including T2D and obesity in adults and children especially involving the MA population, which have direct relevance to the health issues of the Mexican population. 

Talk Title: "Genetics of Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity and Their Related Traits in Mexican Americans"


 Arch. Eladio Terreros-Espinosa      Templo Mayor Museum, INAH, Mexico


Eladio Terreros-Espinosa. Is an mexican archaeologist and academic researcher of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures and Oriental porcelain trade in the Viceroyalty period. As of 2003 he holds a position as professor of prehistory and history at Faculty of Philosophy and Letters National Autonomous University of Mexico (FFyL/UNAM), and is also the director of the Archaeological Surveying in Zoques sites of the Municipalities of Tacotalpa and Teapa, Tabasco and Chapultenango, Chiapas.

Talk Title: "History of the migration of the Zoque on the mountain region of Tabasco"


Dr. Franz Manni
Musée de l’Homme, Paris, France



Franz Manni (1973) studied Biology and Genetics at the University of Ferrara, Italy. In 2000 he completed a PhD project in Population Genetics at the Department of Biology of the University of Ferrara under the supervision of Italo Barrai. In 2003 he became Maître de Conferences (Assistant Professor) in Genetics at the National Museum of Natural History of Paris (France) where he conducts multidisciplinary research involving demography, genetics and linguistics. From 2008 to 2013 he has been the Executive Editor of the Journal Human Biology (Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI) and, since 2013, he is Scientific Commissioner at the Musée de l’Homme, Paris. Franz Manni has been co-working with the University of Groningen since 2001, finally obtaining a PhD in linguistics at the same university in 2017. 

Scientific Interests

Does it make sense to compare genetic diversity and linguistic diversity? Why should a link be expected?  As complex as they might have been, the majority of human societies have left few traces behind them: some artefacts, some bones, when the soil was not too acid to melt them, and lineages of offspring that have sometimes survived until the present. Ignoring aspects that might have outlived those societies such as useful tools and techniques, which are difficult to link to more abstract beliefs and myths, the cultural traits that defined such societies, and their symbols, have generally disappeared to a very large extent. Given the importance of  communication, and as long as there is demographic continuity in a society, a language is likely to be maintained; unless external influences come into play, leading to bilingualism and language shifts, perhaps because of military threats or because of the attractiveness of the social and economic model associated with another language. Nevertheless languages do change over time, probably in relation to the size of the population speaking them, according to the tightness or looseness of the linguistic-net connecting the speakers (social strata, geographic distance), and depending also on sociolinguistic factors and, of course, on linguistic contact. Continuity normally exists so that we can explore the extent to which two peoples speaking related languages also share some genetic make-up. This is the very prudent position I embraced when I decided to initiate the multi-disciplinary research and, as I was familiar with population genetics research, I decided to compare the latter with the linguistic diversity that is found at national scales, that is the variability of dialects and regional languages.                 

Talk Title: "Genetic, linguistic and cultural differences in Gabon (Africa). New insights into the early Bantu dispersal"

Dr. Andres Moreno-Estrada



We are interested in molecular evolution and its implications in human population history and medical genomics. We aim to integrate evolutionary theory, genomics and personalized medicine in different projects involving large collections of populations, primarily from the Americas and the Pacific.

Our current work involves the use of genome-wide data sets to study fine-scale patterns of population structure in both Native Americans and Hispanic/Latino populations from throughout the Americas. One of the major goals is to better understand the evolutionary processes, including natural selection, that have shaped Native American genomes during the last ~10,000 years of independent evolution since the peopling of the Americas and before the European contact.

Another major goal is aimed at understanding the dynamics of the admixture process in present day Hispanic/Latino populations since the European contact. By applying methods of local ancestry estimation we are trying to trace back ancestry-specific segments of the genome to their potential source populations at the subcontinental level. Defining patterns of local variation and subcontinental ancestry in admixed populations and individual genomes is also allowing the field to move towards a more personalized view of medical genomics and to promote the study of diverse populations underrepresented in current catalogs of human variation.

 Talk Title: "Reconstructing Human Migrations from Genomic data across Latin America and the Pacific" 


Dr. Miguel G. Vilar
National Geographic Society, USA



Dr. Miguel Vilar is a Senior Program Officer and Lead Scientist for National Geographic Society’s Genographic Project, a multi-year genetic anthropology study that aims to map global human migration patterns by collecting and analyzing DNA. Miguel is also a molecular anthropologist and a science writer. He conducts in Micronesia, Melanesia, South America, Mesoamerica, and the Caribbean. Miguel has published in several anthropology and genetics academic journals, as well as in popular science magazines. He also collaborates and coordinates the research and outreach for several dozen population genetics researchers across the world.

Talk Title: "Mitochondrial DNA diversity in indigenous populations from Central Mexico and its implications for the peopling of Mesoamerica"


Dr. José Álvaro Aguilar-SetiénInmuno Virology Unit of Medical Research in Inmunology,    Pediatric Hospital
CMN S-XXI, Mexico



PhD. Jose Aguilar got a PhD Imunology Sciences from University of Liege in Belgium. He has focused on zoonotic diseases, particularly on the study of rabies. This has allowed he and his group to gain experience in working with wildlife (bats, procyonids, etc.) as well as domestic animals (dogs, cats, goats, etc.). His group has been one of the first to use bats as models. This before their full relevance was revealed (at the beginning of this century) as reservoirs of several emerging diseases affecting humans. He has a special interest in the study of the human-animal interface within the One Health concept. His current situation as a senior researcher, veterinarian in a human hospital center in Mexico, is privileged to study zoonotic diseases. In fact, they have access to clinical cases of patients arriving from all over Mexico, as well as to wild and domestic animals.
His experience in the management of wild mammals has led them to diversify their collaborations with diverse groups in the United States and Europe. This led them to work with other microbiological agents such as Orthopoxviruses, Hantaviruses, Dengue, and Coronaviruses. In Mexico, they collaborate with the branch of wildlife of the Ministry of Environment and the Institute of Biology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Their Projects have resulted in more than 120 peer-reviewed publications.

Talk Title: "Atypical reservoirs of dengue virus, vehicles for virus migration?"



 Arch. Enrique Alcalá-Castañeda
Templo Mayor Museum, INAH, Mexico


Enrique Alcalá-Castañeda. Is an mexican archaeologist and academic researcher of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures from Quintana Roo. He works with Maya Culture in Preclassic, Classic and Postclassic. 

Talk Title: "Puyil Cave"




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