Head, Genome Biology and Evolutionary Medicine
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.
Individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Have an Altered Gut Microbiome Composition of Fungi and Protozoa
It is known that the bacterial gut microbiome is altered in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but far less is known about the role of eukaryotic microorganisms in IBD.Published research Indigenous GenomicsAugust 2022
The immunogenetic impact of European colonization in the Americas
The introduction of pathogens originating from Eurasia into the Americas during early European contact has been associated with high mortality rates among Indigenous peoples, likely contributing to their historical and precipitous population decline.Published research Infectious Diseases
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