Ruairidh’s MPhil project is Palaeo-omics of Mid-Holocene Humans at Lake Baikal Region, Siberia, supervised by Matthew Collins, Eske Willerslev, and Andrzej Weber (Baikal Archaeology Project PI) and funded by the Lundbeck Geogenetics Centre and the Baikal Archaeology Project. Ruairidh is broadly interested in the application of ‘omics’ sciences to the biomolecular past, though his current principal focus is palaeogenomics, having also worked on palaeoproteomics. He is very excited by the potential of novel applications in these fields, which forms the basis of his work with Matthew Collins. He is part of the Lundbeck Project investigating palaeogenomics of ancient populations to inform modern mental health research, and is also affiliated with Mark Thomas’ group at UCL, which studies statistical approaches to analysing genetic and cultural evolution. He is a member of several professional organisations, and has acted as a peer-reviewer for the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
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