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Kirsten Ziesemer

PhD candidate / Guest Staff Member

Name
K.A. Ziesemer MSc
Telephone
+31 71 527 1966
E-mail
k.a.ziesemer@arch.leidenuniv.nl

My research focuses on ancient DNA from skeletal elements (dental calculus, bone, teeth) from the circum-Caribbean.

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Research

Kirsten Ziesemer research focuses on the demographic and health history of the Caribbean and the impact of European colonisation on indigenous communities in the region. To shed new light on these temes, the project will use ancient DNA techniques.

The aims of this project are:

  1. Assess the preservation of ancient DNA in the Caribbean.
  2. Develop innovative ancient DNA methods
  3. Explore dental calculus as a new source of paleogenomic data

See for more information the project page.

Curriculum Vitae

Kirsten Ziesemer currently holds a position as a medical information specialist at the Noordwest Ziekenhuisgroep. She obtained her B.Sc. (2012) in Bio-medical Science from the University of Amsterdam, where she took extra courses in forensic sciences and physical anthropology (at the University of Leiden). She continued her studies at the University of Leiden in human osteology and funerary archaeology with a second specialization in paleo-ecology (M.Sc. 2013). Extracurricular activities during her master's degree were an honoursprogramme (Leiden Leadership Programme) and an anatomy course at the Amsterdam Medical Center (AMC). Her main research interests focus on molecular approaches to study health and disease in the past.  

Kirsten’s PhD project was embedded within the ERC SYNERGY research project NEXUS 1492. In this project she focused on the preservation of ancient DNA in the Caribbean, the development of innovative ancient DNA methods and she explored dental calculus as a new source of paleogenomic data.

Kirsten Ziesemer at TEDxHaarlem

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Kirsten Ziesemer at the Universiteit van Nederland (in Dutch)

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PhD candidate / Guest Staff Member

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • World Archaeology
  • Caribbean and Amazonia

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number FLEX

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