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Biography

I graduated in Natural Sciences (Laurea, MSc equivalent) from the University of Sassari, Italy, in 2003 (final Mark 110/110 cum laude).

In 2003 I moved to the Molecular Genetics Institute, CNR of Pavia, Italy, where I worked for one year as a research assistant under the supervision of Prof. L. Luca Cavalli-Sforza on the project “Creation of a cell line bank of the Italian population”.

On January 2008 I obtained my Ph.D. in “Genetic and Biomolecular Science” (University of Pavia) under the supervision of Prof. Antonio Torroni. Dissertation title: "Mitochondrial DNA: a female perspective in human evolution". During my Ph.D. I was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship for "Early-Stage Training in Advanced Genetic Analysis" programme at the University of Leeds. Supervisor: Professor Martin Richards.

Between 2008–2009 I worked, first as a Research Assistant and then as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, at the Laboratory of Human Genetics, Department of Genetics and Microbiology, University of Pavia, under the supervision of Prof. Antonio Torroni.

In 2009 I moved to the University of Leeds, UK, as a Newton Post-Doctoral Fellow, working on the project “Origins and expansion of mitochondrial DNA haplogroup HV and the modern human settlement of West Eurasia”, under the supervision of Prof. Martin Richards, Archaeogenetics Laboratory, Institute of Integrative and Comparative Biology (IICB), University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.

In 2011, I was appointed by the University of Huddersfield as a Senior Research Fellow in Archaeogenetics.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • The analysis of human mitochondrial DNA variability in Western Eurasia with particular focus on the Late Glacial and postglacial repopulation of Europe. 

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Research Output 2005 2019

Maternal relationships within an Iron Age burial at the High Pasture Cave, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Dulias, K., Birch, S., Wilson, J. F., Justeau, P., Gandini, F., Flaquer, A., Soares, P., Richards, M. B., Pala, M. & Edwards, C. J., 1 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Archaeological Science. 110, 104978.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

funeral
infant
interpretation
evidence
Burial

On Methodological issues in the Indo-European debate By Michel Danino

Silva, M., Koch, J. T., Pala, M., Edwards, C. J., Soares, P. & Richards, M. B., 1 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Biosciences. 44, 3, 69.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

12 Citations (Scopus)

The genomic history of the Iberian Peninsula over the past 8000 years

Olalde, I., Mallick, S., Patterson, N., Rohland, N., Villalba-Mouco, V., Soares Da Silva, M., Dulias, K., Edwards, C., Gandini, F., Pala, M., Soares, P., Ferrando-Bernal, M., Adamski, N., Broomandkhoshbacht, N., Cheronet, O., Culleton, B., Fernandes, D., Lawson, A. M., Mah, M., Oppenheimer, J. & 75 others, Stewardson, K., Zhang, Z., Arenas, J. M. J., Moyano, I. J. T., Salazar-García, D. C., Castanyer, P., Santos, M., Tremoleda, J., Lozano, M., Borja, P. G., Fernández-Eraso, J., Mujika-Alustiza, J. A., Barroso, C., Bermúdez, F. J., Mínguez, E. V., Burch, J., Coromina, N., Vivó, D., Cebrià, A., Fullola, J. M., García-Puchol, O., Morales, J. I., Oms, F. X., Majó, T., Vergès, J. M., Díaz-Carvajal, A., Ollich-Castanyer, I., López-Cachero, F. J., Silva, A. M., Alonso-Fernández, C., de Castro, G. D., Echevarría, J. J., Moreno-Márquez, A., Berlanga, G. P., Ramos-García, P., Muñoz, J. R., Vila, E. V., Arzo, G. A., Arroyo, Á. E., Lillios, K. T., Mack, J., Velasco-Vázquez, J., Waterman, A., de Lugo Enrich, L. B., Sánchez, M. B., Agustí, B., Codina, F., de Prado, G., Estalrrich, A., Flores, Á. F., Finlayson, C., Finlayson, G., Finlayson, S., Giles-Guzmán, F., Rosas, A., González, V. B., Atiénzar, G. G., Pérez, M. S. H., Llanos, A., Marco, Y. C., Beneyto, I. C., López-Serrano, D., McClure, S. B., Pérez, M. M., Foix, A. O., Borràs, M. S., Sousa, A. C., Encinas, J. M. V., Kennett, D. J., Richards, M., Alt, K. W., Haak, W., Pinhasi, R., Lalueza-Fox, C. & Reich, D., 15 Mar 2019, In : Science. 363, 6432, p. 1230-1234 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
ancestry
genomics
Iron Age
history
steppe
1 Citation (Scopus)

Untangling Neolithic and Bronze Age mitochondrial lineages in South Asia

Silva, M., Justeau, P., Rodrigues, S., Oteo-Garcia, G., Dulias, K., Foody, G., Fichera, A., Yau, B., Rito, T., Wilson, J. F., Gandini, F., Edwards, C. J., Pala, M., Soares, P. A. & Richards, M. B., 3 Jul 2019, In : Annals of Human Biology. 46, 2, p. 140-144 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Central Asia
Civilization
Gene Pool
Iran
Agriculture
19 Citations (Scopus)

A genetic chronology for the Indian Subcontinent points to heavily sex-biased dispersals

Silva, M., Oliveira, M., Vieira, D., Brandão, A., Rito, T., Pereira, J. B., Fraser, R. M., Hudson, B., Gandini, F., Edwards, C., Pala, M., Koch, J., Wilson, J. F., Pereira, L., Richards, M. B. & Soares, P., 23 Mar 2017, In : BMC Evolutionary Biology. 17, 1, p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
chronology
Central Asia
Bronze Age
maternal lineage
India