Eske Willerslev, University of California, USA
Lundbeck Prof Dr scient (DSc), Director, Centre for GeoGenetics
Eske Willerslev (EW) is 42 years old. He is Lundbeck professor and director for Centre of Excellence in GeoGenetics and the National CryoBank and Sequencing Facility at the National History Museum of Denmark. The centre facilitates host ca. 70 people. During his PhD, EW established the first ancient DNA facility in Denmark, which, despite its small size, rapidly became internationally recognized. After finishing his PhD studentship and spending time at MD Anderson Cancer Research Centre in Texas in the US, EW obtained a prestigious Wellcome Trust Fellowship to join University of Oxford, UK. At the age of 33, EW was called back to University of Copenhagen to commence the position of Full Professor - the youngest in Denmark at the time. He is horary doctor at University of Oslo and has been Visiting Professor at Oxford University and Visiting Miller Professor at UC Berkeley.
EW is an internationally recognised researcher in the fields of ancient DNA, ancient genomics, DNA degradation, and evolutionary biology. He has 28 publications in Science and Nature (19 as first or last author) and 165 publications in other high profile peer review journals such as The Lancet; New England Journal of Medicine; PNAS; Current Biology; American Journal of Human Genetics; Genome Research, and TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution. EW has obtained more than 50 grants as PI or Co-PI from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, EU, UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand (total sum of more than 50 million Euro). EW has been awarded 12 unsolicited national and international awards and prices for his research incl. the Lundbeck Foundation Young Scientists Award, the Danish Independent Research Councils Major EliteForsk Price and The Rosenkjær Communication Prize (the most prestigious research and commination prices in Denmark). EW has given more than 70 invited or keynote talks around the World. He has supervised 25 post doc’s, 18 PhD’s, 13 visiting PhD’s and 12 MSc’s. EW’s H-index (Web of Knowledge) is: 43 (first publication 1999). He has communicated his scientific work to the public through multiple films, popular books and interviews incl. two National Geographic films. Among his scientific achievements are:
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