Hendrik Poinar
Professor, Anthropology and Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences
(905) 525-9140 x 26331
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Paleogenetics

Dr. Hendrik Poinar is a molecular evolutionary geneticist and biological anthropologist by training, who relies heavily on interdisciplinary research. He uses both chemical and molecular techniques to elucidate the state of preservation within forensic, archeological and paleontological remains. This information is subsequently used to devise novel techniques to extract molecular information (DNA, RNA and/or protein sequences) and use it to address anthropological questions, such as the identification of pathogens responsible for past pandemics (i.e. The Black Death, The Justinian Plague) as well as the evolutionary dynamics of infectious disease (i.e. Vibrio cholera).