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Centre for Anthropobiology and Genomics of Toulouse (CAGT)
UMR5288 (University Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier – CNRS)
Faculté de Médecine de Purpan
37 allée Jules Guesde
31000 Toulouse

(c) Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas

Clio Der Sarkissian is a CNRS permanent researcher ­(CRCN) and a member of the AGES team.

Her previous and on-going research have focused on using ancient genomics and metagenomics to retrace the histories of diverse populations, species and communities, such as ancient humans, horses, molluscs, but also pathogens and microbiota.

She currently aims at developing truly multi-disciplinary approaches, combining expertise in archaeology, zooarchaeology, 3D imaging, morphometry, mathematics, molecular biology, population genomics, ecology, paleo-environment reconstruction…

She is particularly involved in advancing mollusc shells as multi-proxy scientific objects for ancient genomic, morphological and environmental analyses. This builds on the previous finding by Clio and her colleagues that collections of mollusc shells can serve as metagenomic archives for the last 100,000 years, and potentially beyond. Her research focuses on the high-resolution investigation of the relationships between the phenotypic and genomic responses of molluscs to environmental changes at multiple geographic and temporal scales and varying levels of anthropisation. Her interest is motivated by the growing societal concern over on-going global environmental changes and their damaging consequences on biodiversity.

She is the coordinator of the CNRS MITI X-Shell project and the ANR JCJC MEET project

She is a member of both the organisation and scientific committees of the online workshop Standards Precautions and Advances in Metagenomics (SPAAM2; 21st-22nd September 2020; 60+ attendees), as well as the 9th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology (ISBA9)

Short CV

  • October 2019-present: CNRS permanent researcher ­(CRCN) at UMR5288
  • 2017-2019: Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at UMR5288
  • 2014-2017: Assistant Professor at the Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2012-2014: Post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2008-2011: PhD-student at the Australian Center for Ancient DNA, University of Adelaide, Australia

Selected Seminars

  • Dec 1st 2018: 39th Association for Environmental Archaeology Conference, Moesgaard Museum and Department of Archaeology & Heritage Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Sep 20th 2018: 8th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archeology in Jena, Germany
  • 2018-2021: Cafés Femmes en Sciences by Femmes & Sciences and the CNRS DR14-Occitanie Ouest, Café du Quai, Quai des Savoirs science museum, Toulouse

Selected Publications

  • Der Sarkissian et al. 2020. Unveiling the Ecological Applications of Ancient DNA From Mollusk Shells. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8.
  • Der Sarkissian et al. 2017. Ancient DNA reveals marine mollusc shells as new metagenomic archives of the past. Molecular Ecology Resources 17:835-853.
  • Louvel*, Der Sarkissian* et al. 2016. metaBIT, an integrative and automated metagenomic pipeline for analysing microbial profiles from high-throughput sequencing shotgun data. Molecular Ecology Resources 16:1415-1427.  
  • Der Sarkissian et al. 2015. Evolutionary Genomics and Conservation of the Endangered Przewalski’s Horse. Current Biology 25:2577–2583.
  • Librado*, Der Sarkissian* et al. 2015. Tracking the origins of Yakutian horses and the genetic basis for their fast adaptation to subarctic environments. PNAS 112:E6889-6897.

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