Jamboree 2016 Headline Speaker Spotlight: Michael Hammer, Ph.D.
Michael Hammer, Ph.D., was the first geneticist to set up a commercial genetics lab for public testing of DNA for genealogical purposes in the United States. He is a research scientist in the ARL Division of Biotechnology at the University of Arizona with appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, as well as the Director of the University of Arizona Genetics Core (UAGC) facility. Receiving his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California at Berkley, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton and Harvard Universities, where he pioneered the use of the Y-chromosome as a genealogical tool. His work has featured the first estimate of the Y-TMRCA, an African origin of human Y diversity and the first paper showing that Cohanim are descended from a single male ancestor. Thursday, June 2, 2016 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
TH016 Luncheon - The Peopling of Europe
Approximately 12,000 years ago most of Europe was covered with ice so humans were forced into refugia in the southern areas. Ancient DNA findings are giving surprising clues to human migrations that led to the re-population of Europe.