Palaeoproteomics to Unleash Studies on Human History

PUSHH is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network (ETN) providing international doctoral training on palaeoproteomics applied to palaeontology, palaeoanthropology and archaeology.

Applications for the 14 PhD positions in the PUSHH network will open soon.

Here you can read about the PUSHH research themes, the individual PhD projects and the PhD supervisors.

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Ancient DNA (aDNA) sequencing revolutionised our knowledge on evolution, migration and admixture of archaic and anatomically modern humans. However, no aDNA older than 0.7 million years has been retrieved yet. Ancient proteins instead survive much longer than aDNA, enabling genetic-based reconstruction of evolutionary relations beyond the limits of aDNA degradation.

The growing demand of information provided by palaeoproteomics will require highly qualified specialists with a multidisciplinary background in analytical chemistry, bioinformatics, palaeoanthropology, palaeontology and archaeology and PUSHH will build that competence.

Presently, there are very few specialists that have been trained to analyse ancient proteins, in stark contrast to the study of aDNA.

PUSHH seeks to fill this advanced training gap, and to address this structural weakness in European applied research, by creating a new multidisciplinary training environment focused at preparing a cohort of specialists in analysis of ancient protein residues from palaeoanthropological, palaeontological and archaeological materials.

PUSHH will provide international, and intersectoral training for early stage researchers (ESRs) to read ancient protein sequences and interpret the recovered information.

PUSHH will also guide the ESRs to develop the advanced interdisciplinary knowledge required to achieve seamless integration of palaeoproteomics with the established research approaches currently used in palaeoanthropology and archaeology.

The PUSHH consortium involves

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