Symposium Speaker: María Ávila-Arcos, PhD

Dr. María Ávila-Arcos is Assistant Professor at the International Laboratory for Human Genome Research at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.  María earned a PhD in paleogenomics from the University of Copenhagen and trained as a post-doctoral fellow in population genomics and global health at Stanford University.  María's previous work included the characterization of ancient genomes with an emphasis on the New World using emerging sequencing technologies and statistical methods.  María is currently PI of the Afro-Mexico Genomics Project, a project that aims to characterize the contribution of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade to admixture observed in present-day Mexico.  As part of this project, she and her research team have developed culturally-sensitive informed consent protocols and approaches to returning genetic ancestry results to participants.  The Ávila-Arcos lab also has projects related to Prehispanic Mexico and Colonialism's impact on genetic diversity over time with possible implications for contemporary disease risk and precision medicine opportunities in populations traditionally underrepresented in genomics. 

Recent Publications

  1. Ávila-Arcos, MC, de la Fuente Castro, C, Nieves-Colón, MA, Raghavan, M. Recommendations for Sustainable Ancient DNA Research in the Global South: Voices From a New Generation of Paleogenomicists. Front Genet 2022; 13 : 880170. PubMed PMID:35559028 PubMed Central PMC9086539.
  2. Somel, M, Altınışık, NE, Özer, F, Ávila-Arcos, MC. Collaborate equitably in ancient DNA research and beyond. Nature 2021; 600 (7887): 37. PubMed PMID:34848866 .
  3. Ioannidis, AG, Blanco-Portillo, J, Sandoval, K, Hagelberg, E, Barberena-Jonas, C, Hill, AVS, Rodríguez-Rodríguez, JE, Fox, K, Robson, K, Haoa-Cardinali, S et al.. Paths and timings of the peopling of Polynesia inferred from genomic networks. Nature 2021; 597 (7877): 522-526. PubMed PMID:34552258 .
  4. Guzmán-Solís, AA, Villa-Islas, V, Bravo-López, MJ, Sandoval-Velasco, M, Wesp, JK, Gómez-Valdés, JA, Moreno-Cabrera, ML, Meraz, A, Solís-Pichardo, G, Schaaf, P et al.. Ancient viral genomes reveal introduction of human pathogenic viruses into Mexico during the transatlantic slave trade. Elife 2021; 10 : . PubMed PMID:34350829 PubMed Central PMC8423449.
  5. Bravo-Lopez, M, Villa-Islas, V, Rocha Arriaga, C, Villaseñor-Altamirano, AB, Guzmán-Solís, A, Sandoval-Velasco, M, Wesp, JK, Alcantara, K, López-Corral, A, Gómez-Valdés, J et al.. Paleogenomic insights into the red complex bacteria Tannerella forsythia in Pre-Hispanic and Colonial individuals from Mexico. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 2020; 375 (1812): 20190580. PubMed PMID:33012233 PubMed Central PMC7702795.
  6. Ioannidis, AG, Blanco-Portillo, J, Sandoval, K, Hagelberg, E, Miquel-Poblete, JF, Moreno-Mayar, JV, Rodríguez-Rodríguez, JE, Quinto-Cortés, CD, Auckland, K, Parks, T et al.. Native American gene flow into Polynesia predating Easter Island settlement. Nature 2020; 583 (7817): 572-577. PubMed PMID:32641827 PubMed Central PMC8939867.
  7. Dehasque, M, Ávila-Arcos, MC, Díez-Del-Molino, D, Fumagalli, M, Guschanski, K, Lorenzen, ED, Malaspinas, AS, Marques-Bonet, T, Martin, MD, Murray, GGR et al.. Inference of natural selection from ancient DNA. Evol Lett 2020; 4 (2): 94-108. PubMed PMID:32313686 PubMed Central PMC7156104.
  8. Ávila-Arcos, MC, McManus, KF, Sandoval, K, Rodríguez-Rodríguez, JE, Villa-Islas, V, Martin, AR, Luisi, P, Peñaloza-Espinosa, RI, Eng, C, Huntsman, S et al.. Population History and Gene Divergence in Native Mexicans Inferred from 76 Human Exomes. Mol Biol Evol 2020; 37 (4): 994-1006. PubMed PMID:31848607 PubMed Central PMC7086176.
  9. Cruz-Dávalos, DI, Nieves-Colón, MA, Sockell, A, Poznik, GD, Schroeder, H, Stone, AC, Bustamante, CD, Malaspinas, AS, Ávila-Arcos, MC. In-solution Y-chromosome capture-enrichment on ancient DNA libraries. BMC Genomics 2018; 19 (1): 608. PubMed PMID:30107783 PubMed Central PMC6092841.
  10. Fregel, R, Méndez, FL, Bokbot, Y, Martín-Socas, D, Camalich-Massieu, MD, Santana, J, Morales, J, Ávila-Arcos, MC, Underhill, PA, Shapiro, B et al.. Ancient genomes from North Africa evidence prehistoric migrations to the Maghreb from both the Levant and Europe. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2018; 115 (26): 6774-6779. PubMed PMID:29895688 PubMed Central PMC6042094.
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María Ávila-Arcos on Twitter

Our understanding of the immune system is quickly growing. 11 resources (videos and papers) covering the fundamentals and computational tools available to study the immune system. 🧵👇🔬🤒 Retweeted by paleogenomics

📢 Job alert 📢 We're looking for a postdoc in computational palaeoproteomics to join our PROSPER project! employment.ku.dk/faculty/?show=… Retweeted by paleogenomics

¿Por qué la comunidad estudiantil de la UAQ Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro se fue a paro hoy? ABRO HILO 🧵: 1. Ayer, la directora de la Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales denunció ante Consejo Universitario que la Unidad de Atención a Víctimas de la universidad no hizo Retweeted by paleogenomics

"...and although this editorial is not a comprehensive account of the journal’s contributions to racism and other problematic legacies of science, it is a start" twitter.com/Nature/status/…

“We are interested in describing the mutations + molecular characteristics associated with types of cancer that are important in Mexico & other Latin American countries.” #RareDisease Acral melanoma is understudied in Mexico. @daniela_oaks is changing that #LatinxHeritageMonth Retweeted by paleogenomics

This morning at the Illumina Genomics Forum, we unveiled our fastest, most cost-efficient sequencing machine yet – the NovaSeq X series. This technology will slash the cost to $200 per human genome and provide a readout at twice the speed. @WIRED feature: wired.com/story/the-era-… Retweeted by paleogenomics

¿Querían chismecito? Aquí lo tienen. Estamos muy emocionadas por este evento. Discutiremos desde las comunidades indígenas y afrodescendientes sobre Genómica desde diversos lentes. Nada será sobre nosotros sin nosotros. 💜 Felicidad es poco twitter.com/SING_MEX/statu… Retweeted by paleogenomics

We are so glad to welcome our latest addition to the @SINGConsortium, @SING_MEX, for El Simposio para personas Indígenas y afrodesceNdientes en Genómica en México! More news from @paleogenomics @Xpidxaa_bi and also below. Please amplify! twitter.com/SING_MEX/statu… Retweeted by paleogenomics

¡Feliz de anunciar que SING Mexico por fin sucederá! Adaptamos las siglas para incluir también a personas Afrodescendientes: Simposio para personas Indígenas y AfrodesceNdientes en Genómica Pronto anunciaremos la convocatoria, sigan a @SING_MEX para más información. twitter.com/SING_MEX/statu…

Welcome @ShyamGlobe to twitter. If you're interested in ancient DNA/evolutionary genomics/popgen, Shyam is always a source of inspiration! Retweeted by paleogenomics

A measles outbreak has killed more than 700 children and infected thousands of others across Zimbabwe, highlighting the risks of faltering childhood immunization campaigns around the world. nyti.ms/3C8rywk Retweeted by paleogenomics

The virtual symposium "Using Ancestral Recombination Graphs (ARGs) to Infer Evolutionary Processes" will take place on Friday September 30. You can find the program here: virtual.oxfordabstracts.com/#/event/3132/p…" Retweeted by paleogenomics

@minorallele @rmp033 @undervivi El grupo de @morestrada para ser precisos 😉 yo fui feliz de colaborar en el trabajo de campo en Isla de Pascua

Where will SMBE 2025 be? You can help us spread the word! Applications to host it *outside* Europe and North America are now open and deadline is approaching. Plz RT and quotag those potentially interested! Thanks! twitter.com/OfficialSMBE/s…

Have a listen to President James McInerney's @jomcinerney Call for Proposals to host the main SMBE annual conference 2025 in *outside* Europe and North America: ** Deadline 15 Oct ** bit.ly/3ODCk0S @SMBEmeetings twitter.com/OfficialSMBE/s… Retweeted by paleogenomics

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