Ludovic Orlando is a former student from the ENS Lyon (1996-2000), one of the top-5 French universities. First trained as a molecular biologist, he got more recently interested in computational biology and programming.
He received his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Lyon, France in 2003, almost twenty years after the first ancient DNA molecule was ever sequenced. Trained in phylogenomics as a postdoc (CNRS EA 3781), he was rapidly appointed as a permanent Associate Professor at the prestigious ENS Lyon, where he lectured and performed research between 2005 and 2010.
He moved in Denmark in April 2010 to build his own research group at the Centre for GeoGenetics, University of Copenhagen. His group, the PALEOMIX group, develops integrative approaches in ancient DNA research, promoting the field of paleomics by the merger of biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics and computational biology.
Recent achievements include the sequencing of the oldest genome and proteome ever characterized, those of a horse that lived in Yukon, Alaska ca. 700,000 years ago (Nature 2013), and the characterization of the first ancient human methylation and nucleosome maps (Genome Research 2014, Science 2014).
The group also pioneered 3rd-generation sequencing in ancient DNA research (Genome Research 2011, BMC Genomics 2012) and developed a series of user-friendly and open-source bioinformatic packages for the analysis of ancient genomes and next-generation sequencing data, including the mapDamage package (Bioinformatics 2011, 2012) and the PALEOMIX pipeline (Nature Protocols 2014).
He will be the Project Coordinator of ArcheoSHELL.