Zoé Pochon

PhD Student

Centre for Palaeogenetics
Svante Arrhenius väg 20C
SE-106 91 Stockholm
SWEDEN

Email: zoe.pochon@arklab.su.se

Publications: [Papers in Google Scholar]
ResearchGate: [ResearchGate Page]

Organisation: Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics, Swedish Museum of Natural History

 

Research Description

I am a PhD student with training in biology and history and interested in using archaeogenetics to bring new clues to debates on historical and biological questions. I am currently using bioinformatics tools to analyse the DNA and RNA of ancient viruses, but also other microbes to get a better picture of the common pathogens at different time periods in history and to help understand past epidemics.

For my Bachelor and Master thesis at the University of Fribourg, I have analysed the DNA of combatants from a Bronze Age battlefield to infer their origin and estimate the selection coefficient of the lactase persistence, an allelic mutation already present in some of them. We concluded that the mutation has been strongly selected from the Bronze Age on in central-northern Europe.

 

Brief CV

2015-2018: Bachelor in biology (120 ECTS) and history (60 ECTS) at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

2018-2020: Master in biology (90 ECTS) and history (30 ECTS) at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.