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Honorary Research Associate



Assoc. Prof. Llamas pursued graduate studies in biomedical research in France and in Canada, where he focused on mapping genes with phenotypic effects in animal models—particularly those associated with complex diseases.

During his career at the University of Adelaide, he became an expert in paleogenomics, which is the study of highly degraded DNA extracted from paleontological and archaeological remains. His multidisciplinary work integrated genomic data through time and space to study animal and human demographic history and adaptation to diverse environmental and cultural stressors.

Assoc. Prof. Llamas now intends to create genomic resources for understudied Indigenous populations and decipher the evolutionary history of resistance and susceptibility to complex diseases such as type 2 diabetes.