Rui Martiniano is a geneticist working on ancient human DNA at Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom. He teaches topics surrounding Human Evolutionary Genetics as part of the BSc and MSc in Forensic Anthropology. He holds a Degree in Anthropology from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, an MSc in Genetics from University College London and a PhD in genetics from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He previously worked as a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Sanger Institute.
His research is focused on two main topics: 1) investigating population history by generating and analyzing ancient DNA data from human remains; and 2) the development and application of ancient DNA-aware computational methods for maximizing the information that can be extracted from ancient DNA data while minimizing error and bias.
Rui Martiniano has worked on various ancient DNA projects dedicated to diverse archaeological cultures and geographical regions, ranging from Western Europe to Siberia and Anatolia to South Asia. More recently, he has been working on reconstructing the population history of Arabia by generating ancient DNA from the region with the support of a National Geographic Early Career Grant.