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

SMBE Satellite on Evolutionary Rescue @SMBEmeetings - submit your abstract by 20th June. workshops.evolbio.mpg.de/event/57/ Check our current list of confirmed speakers on Nature Conservation: Craig Primmer @fishcongen, Rachael Morgan @RachLMorgan13, Reid Brennan @reidbrennan Retweeted by paleogenomics

Global Symposium 1 (GS1) will feature the @OfficialSMBE prez address from our own @jomcinerney and faculty award talks (winners TBA!) Retweeted by paleogenomics

Important deadlines to remember for #SMBEeverywhere GS1: Abstract submission: May 31 Registration: June 11 @OfficialSMBE Retweeted by paleogenomics

The people telling you banning guns won’t make them go away are trying to ban abortion. Retweeted by paleogenomics

@TaniaCastilloM7 @ISSSTE_Salud No está, pero a mis dos hijas les tocó que se las pusieran a los 18 meses en el issste, en el apartado de ‘otras’. Es el refuerzo de los 4 años el que le están negando a la grande.

Directora de evaluación académica del CIDE denuncia acoso y hostigamiento laboral del director animalpolitico.com/2022/05/direct… via @pajaropolitico Retweeted by paleogenomics

Acaban de negarle el refuerzo de la vacuna de varicela en el @ISSSTE_Salud a mi hija. Argumentan que es xq no cumple aún 4 años, le faltan 2 semanas para cumplirlos. Ayer informaron de un brote en su escuela y la vacuna es una medida de protección. Esto es violatorio de DH @CNDH

WE ARE HIRING! The B&CN Lab is looking for an associate researcher for a 2-year position at CINVESTAV Irapuato. If you are interested, please apply soon! @cientificasmx @AleMedinaRivera @paleogenomics @daniela_oaks @gdeandajauregui @pmiravi @atgenomics @EvaNavarroLopez Retweeted by paleogenomics

El colonialismo de la academia estadounidense marea y reproduce la subordinación de muchos académicos actuales. Retweeted by paleogenomics

For those interested in admixture. Next monday in Paris. twitter.com/QuintanaMurci/… Retweeted by paleogenomics

Suena The Shins en el café, pensé que era Belle and Sebastian, y me acordé de @ElAgusdeKomodo. Un error con un final feliz 😌.

This looks like a terrific opportunity for undergrads! Deadline pretty soon though!! SCGB Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF Program) simonsfoundation.org/grant/scgb-und… via @SimonsFdn

Looking for interesting conferences this year? @OfficialSMBE and @SMBEmeetings now has an overview of its Satellite and Regional Meetings, which will be updates continuously. A lot of exciting stuff to happen soon! smbe.org/smbe/MEETINGS/… Retweeted by paleogenomics

The investment in science in Mexico is the lowest of the OECD. The sadest part, trends indacate it will continue to be so, regardless of the governing party twitter.com/CienciaMXN/sta… Retweeted by paleogenomics

Early access to "Ethical Guidance in Human Paleogenomics: New and Ongoing Perspectives" is available now! It was so great to collaborate with Raquel Fleskes, Alyssa Bader, @kstsosie @drkatclaw & @NanibaaGarrison on this piece. annualreviews.org/doi/10.1146/an… Retweeted by paleogenomics

If you're interested in virus evolution, this is a classic graph showing mutation rate by kingdom/pathogen/high level categories. Double-stranded DNA viruses mutate more slowly than RNA viruses, but faster than bacteria. science.org/doi/10.1126/sc… Retweeted by paleogenomics

We are excited to share our latest article which came out today in @AJHGNews! In this study we investigate genetic factors involved in preeclampsia (a severe complication of pregnancy) in a sample of Andean families 👪 from the Peruvian highlands🏔️ 1/n 🧵sciencedirect.com/science/articl… twitter.com/morestrada/sta… Retweeted by paleogenomics

@diegmej Ya llegué de aguafiestas… no existe el gen Mexicano . Sólo existe el gen del mal. Lo tenía Walt Disney.

Hoy Día Internacional de los Museos exigimos inclusión del pasado y presente de las poblaciones afromexicanas en los museos de México! Retweeted by paleogenomics

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