Bastien Llamas

Dr Bastien Llamas

ARC Future Fellow

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Bastien Llamas is an ARC Future Fellow affiliated with the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD). He specialises in the analysis of ancient DNA extracted from past human populations and extinct animals to address outstanding questions in evolutionary biology.

PhD positions are available for a range of genomic and epigenomic projects. Contact me if you are interested.

Background

Dr Bastien Llamas pursued graduate studies in the area of biomedical research where he concentrated on mapping genes with phenotypic effects in animal models, particularly those associated with disease. During this training he developed expertise in the areas of molecular genomics and bioinformatics, forged by years of training in four research institutes in France (CNRS, Pasteur Institute, INSERM) and Canada (Montreal Cardiac Research Institute, IRCM).

During his postdoctoral appointments in Australia, Dr Llamas has undertaken intensive training in bioinformatics and High Throughput Sequencing (HTS) techniques through a series of overseas workshops and research visits. He has implemented these methods at the University of Adelaide's Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) to facilitate the transition from PCR-based to HTS-based ancient DNA analysis, and trained students and postdoctoral researchers in HTS data generation and processing. To further disseminate his expertise in HTS data analysis, he has co-organised local, national, and international bioinformatics workshops, including the annual ACAD International ECR Bioinformatics Workshop.

Dr Llamas now intends to merge cutting-edge methods and knowledge from biomedical research with archaeological and evolutionary questions and datasets, in truly multi-disciplinary projects at ACAD (see below).

Current Research

From 2018 onwards, Dr Llamas will investigate a range of genetic and epigenetic mechanisms and host-microbiome interactions that facilitate human adaptation to diverse environmental and cultural stressors. He will intend to combine a range of advanced new analytical methods (e.g., long-read sequencing, genome graphs) to integrate past and present indigenous genetic diversity from human populations around the world into a new pan-human reference genome.

Dr Llamas' other projects at ACAD target several topics in evolutionary biology, including:

  • The genetic history of Indigenous Australia.
  • The genetic consequences of colonisation on the immune system of indigenous societies, with a focus on the dramatic South American population collapse after European colonisers introduced new Old World diseases.
  • The migration history of anatomically modern humans and the reconstruction of major peopling events across the globe.
  • The evolutionary history of bison populations using genomic data from specimens that lived up to 100,000 years ago.
  • The role of epigenetic change, where gene expression is regulated in the absence of changes to the DNA sequence, in animals' adaptation (specifically bison) to rapid climate oscillations that occurred during the last Ice Age.
  • The molecular evolution of extinct Australian marsupials.
Media Outreach and Science Popularisation
  • SBS three-part series “DNA Nation” on ancient human migrations and evolution, and accompanying interview
  • Radio Adelaide interviews on various topics in evolutionary biology
  • Radio Canada interview on the impact of early farming and the Industrial Revolution on the oral health (in French)
  • Some of the mainstream newspaper and online articles based on Dr Llamas' research publications can be found here. Dr Llamas' research has received a considerable amount of media attention, and he has performed many interviews in Australia (including SBS, ABC, The Australian, The Examiner), the USA (National Geographic, Science Magazine), Canada (including Radio Canada), New Zealand (including Radio New Zealand National), France (Le Monde), Spain (including Agencia Efe, El Pais, La Vanguardia), and Chile (El Mercurio)
  •  Contributions to the blog of the French Canadian Science Press Agency "Agence Science Presse". Some posts were published in the book "Science, on blogue!" © Éditions MultiMondes, 2007
  • Collaborations with Adelaide Compass, a group that works with students from low socio-economic status, regional and indigenous communities, increasing student exposure to the university environment through relevant and engaging curriculum-linked programs

 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 - 2021 ARC Future Fellow University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2017 University Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2015 - 2016 Senior Research Associate University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2015 Senior Research Associate University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2013 ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow University of Adelaide
    2009 - 2010 Research Associate Flinders University
    2009 - 2009 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2009 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2008 Postdoctoral Researcher Institut de Recherche Clinique de Montréal (IRCM)
    2003 - 2007 PhD candidate Institut de Recherche Clinique de Montréal (IRCM)
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    French Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Spanish; Castilian Can read, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2003 - 2007 University of Montreal Canada PhD in Molecular Biology
    2000 - 2001 Bordeaux Segalen University France MSc in Neurosciences
    1997 - 1999 University of Paris-Sud France BSc in Genetics and Evolution
    1994 - 1997 University of Marne la Vallée France Diploma of Higher Education
  • Research Interests

Grants and Funding
  • 2019-2021: Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP190103705: "Australian Heritage: Constructing the first Aboriginal reference genome." Investigators: Bastien Llamas, Brad Chapman, Erik Garrison, Lars Fehren-Schmitz. AUD435,000
  • 2018-2021: Australian Research Council Future Fellowship FT170100448: "An integrated molecular approach to human evolution." Investigator: Bastien Llamas. AUD684,053
  • 2016-2018: Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous IN160100007: "The genomic history of Indigenous Australia." Investigators: Raymond Tobler, Bastien Llamas, Keryn Walshe, Peter Sutton, David Reich, Chris Tyler-Smith, Wolfgang Haak. AUD635,000
  • 2015-2017: Hermon Slade Foundation: "Resolving the taxonomic status of ecologically keystone and threatened bats in New Guinea." Investigators: Kyle Armstrong, Ken Aplin, Bastien Llamas. AUD84,800
  • 2013-16: Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP130100646: "The role of epigenetic modifications in bovid adaptation to environmental change." Investigators: Alan Cooper, Catherine M Suter, Mike J Wilkinson, Stefan G Hiendleder, Bastien Llamas, John R Stephen, Jeremy F Taylor, Daniel H Densham. AUD1,121,145 (ARC contribution AUD554,645)
  • 2013-15: Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP130102158: "Refining the timescale of human evolution and dispersal using ancient DNA." Investigators: Wolfgang Haak, Simon Ho, Bastien Llamas, Doron Behar. AUD270,000 [Investigator role relinquished to become the project's Research Associate]
  • 2010-12: Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP1095782: "A shipload of consequences: studying the impact of Old World diseases on native South American populations via ancient DNA." Investigators: Wolfgang Haak, Bastien Llamas, Lluis Quintana-Murci, Austin L. Hughes. AUD360,000
Awards, scholarships and fellowships
  • Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, 2018-2021
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, 2017-2019 [relinquished to take up Future Fellowship]
  • Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship of the University of Adelaide, 2017
  • Overseas Conference Travel Award of the University of Adelaide Faculty of Sciences, 2015
  • Travel award of the Centre for Research in Mathematics of the University of Montreal, October 2013
  • Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010-2013
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (Quebec Fund for Research on Nature and Technologies), 2010-2012
  • Overseas Conference Travel Award of the University of Adelaide Faculty of Sciences, 2011
  • Writing scholarship of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Montreal, 2007
  • Travel award of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Montreal, 2006
  • Travel award of the International Mammalian Genome Conference, Strasbourg, France, 2005
  • Educational award of the Canadian Hypertension Society, 2005
  • André Caillé scholarship of the IRCM, 2005-2006
  • Scholarship of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Montreal, 2004-2005
  • Travel award of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Montreal, 2004
  • AstraZeneca R&D presentation award, 10th Scientific Day of the Molecular Biology Programs of the University of Montreal, 2004
  • Scholarship of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Montreal, 2003-2004

As an Australian Research Council Senior Research Associate, Dr Llamas' research time is 100%. Bastien has a slight teaching load (~5 lectures/year) to attract undergraduate students to graduate research, including master classes and invited lectures at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Genetic History of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xavier Roca Rada
    2018 Principal Supervisor Studying the impact of old world diseases on native South American populations via ancient DNA Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Evelyn Jane Phlox
    2015 Co-Supervisor Evolution of North American Bison Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Lindsey Erin Fenderson
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Inferring the Characteristics of Ancient Populations using Bioinformatic Analysis of Genome-wide DNA Sequencing Data Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Graham Gower
    2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor The Role of Epigenetic Modifications and Microbiome Evolution in Bovid Adaption to Environmental Changes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Yichen Liu
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor The 'next generation’ of ancient DNA research: a series of methods and approaches to improve our understanding of the evolutionary history of species in general, and European bison in particular Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Ayla Lore van Loenen
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Climate-Driven Ecological Changes Through the Last Glacial Period: Innovations in Plant Ancient DNA and Stable Isotope Palaeoecology Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tim Rabanus-Wallace
    2011 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Ancient DNA from pre-Columbian South America Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Guido Marcelo Valverde Garnica
  • Position: ARC Future Fellow
  • Phone: 83130262
  • Email: bastien.llamas@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4364
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Darling, floor 2
  • Room: 212b
  • Org Unit: Molecular and Biomedical Science

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