Dr Bastien Llamas

Dr Bastien Llamas
 Position ARC Future Fellow
 Org Unit Molecular and Biomedical Science
 Email bastien.llamas@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 0262
 Location Floor/Room 212b ,  Darling ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    I pursued graduate studies in the area of biomedical research where I concentrated on mapping genes with phenotypic effects in animal models, particularly those associated with disease. During this training I developed expertise in the areas of molecular genomics and bioinformatics, forged by years of practice in 4 research institutes in France (CNRS, Pasteur Institute, INSERM) and Canada (Montreal Cardiac Research Institute, IRCM).

    Since my arrival at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) in 2008, I merged cutting-edge methods and knowledge from biomedical research with archaeological and evolutionary questions and datasets, in truly multi-disciplinary studies.

    From 2018 onwards, I will investigate a range of genetic and epigenetic mechanisms and host-microbiome interactions that facilitate human adaptation to diverse environmental and cultural stressors. I 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.

    My other current 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 without changing the DNA sequence, in animals' adaptation (specifically North American bison) to rapid climate change.
    • The molecular evolution of extinct Australian marsupials.

    From here you can access all of ACAD's online presence and explore the fascinating world of ancient DNA (includes links to our website, blog, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube).


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


    Interested in epigenetics research in South Australia? Join EpiCSA now!


  • Qualifications

    Centre de Recherches Mathématiques (CRM), University of Montreal, QC, Canada

    Workshop on Coalescent Theory: New Developments and Applications, 7-11 Oct 2013

    National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

    Paleogenomics Summer School: Whole Genome Analysis of Ancient Organisms, 17-21 Oct 2011

    University of Montreal, QC, Canada

    Doctor of Philosophy - Molecular Biology, Nov 2007

    The Jackson Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, ME, USA

    Short Course on Mathematical Approaches to the Analysis of Complex Phenotypes, 18-24 Sept 2002

    University of Bordeaux 2, Bordeaux, France

    Master of Science - Neurosciences, Sept 2001

    University of Orsay Paris XI, Orsay, France

    Bachelor of Science - Cell Biology and Physiology, Molecular and Cellular Genetics and Evolution, Jan 2000

    University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, Champs-sur-Marne, France

    Diploma of Higher Education - Life Sciences, Sept 1997


  • Awards & Achievements

    • Australian Research Council Future Fellowship — 2018–2021.
    • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship — 2017–2019 [relinquished]

    • Vice Chancellor's Research Fellowship of the University of Adelaide — 2017.
    • Overseas Conference Travel Award 2015 of the University of Adelaide Faculty of Sciences — Mar 2015.
    • Travel award of the Mathematics Research Centre, University of Montreal — 7–11 Oct 2013.
    • Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship — 2010–2012.
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship (Quebec Fund for Research on Nature and Technologies) — 2010–2011.
    • Overseas Conference Travel Award 2011 of the University of Adelaide Faculty of Sciences — Mar 2011.
    • Writing scholarship of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Montreal — Winter session 2007.
    • Travel award of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Montreal — Apr 2006.
    • Travel award of the International Mammalian Genome Conference — Strasbourg, France, 4–8 Nov 2005.
    • Educational award of the Canadian Hypertension Society — Canadian cardiovascular congress - Montreal, QC, 22–26 Oct 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 — Jun 2004.
    • AstraZeneca R&D presentation award - Xth Scientific Day of the Molecular Biology Programs of the University of Montreal — Montreal, QC, 19 May 2004.
    • Scholarship of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Montreal — 2003–2004.


  • Research 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

    • 2013-2016: 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)
    • 2013-2015: 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]
    • 2010-2012: 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
  • Publications

    ORCID 0000-0002-5550-9176

    Statistics by Google Scholar are available here.

    Statistics linked to my ResearcherID are available here.

    Note: Metrics are according to ISI Journal Citation Reports® 2017 and formatted as [5-year impact factor; Category: ranking/total number in category].

    Book Chapter

    1. Papac L, Llamas B, Cooper A, Pilbrow V, Haak W (2018, in press) Preliminary ancient DNA screening results from first to eighth century AD sites in Samtavro and Tchkantiskedi, Georgia. Chapter in: Context and Connection: Essays on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East in Honour of Antonio Sagona, pps 783–6. Edited by: Batmaz A, Bedianashvili G, Michalewicz A & Robinson A © Peeters, Leuven - Paris - Bristol, CT.

    2. Llamas B & Deschepper CF (2005) Identification and validation of loci and candidate genes linked to cardiac hypertrophy. Chapter in: Methods in Molecular Medicine, vol. 112: Molecular Cardiology: Methods and Protocols, pps 321-38. Edited by: Sun Z © Humana Press Inc., Totowa, NJ.

    Refereed Journal Articles


    1. Bover P, Mitchell KJ, Torres-Roig E, Llamas B, Thomson VA, Alcover JA, Agustí J, Cooper A, Pons J (2019) Ancient DNA from an extinct Mediterranean micromammal - Hypnomys morpheus (Rodentia: Gliridae) - provides insight into the biogeographic history of insular dormice. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, accepted August 2019. [2.553; Zoology: 18/170]
    2. Kowal E, Llamas B (2019) Race in a genome: Long read sequencing, ethnicity-specific reference genomes and the shifting horizon of race. Journal of Anthropological Sciences, accepted June 2019. [2.556; Anthropology: 9/85]
    3. Gower G, Fenderson LE, Salis A, Helgen KM, van Loenen AL, Heiniger H, Hofman-Kamińska E, Kowalczyk R, Mitchell KJ, Llamas B, Cooper A (2019) Widespread male sex bias in mammal fossil and museum collections. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1903275116 [10.359; Multidisciplinary sciences: 5/64]
    4. Bover P, Llamas B, Mitchell KJ, Thomson VA, Alcover JA, Lalueza-Fox C, Cooper A, Pons J (2019) Unraveling the phylogenetic relationships of the extinct bovid Myotragus balearicus Bate 1909 from the Balearic Islands. Quaternary Science Reviews, 215:185-195. [5.054; Geosciences, multidisciplinary: 12/190]
    5. Richards SM, Hovhannisyan N, Gilliham M, Lindberg-Møeller B, Skadhauge B, Heiniger H, Llamas B, Mitchell1 KJ, Meachen J, Fincher GB, Austin JJ, Cooper A (2019) Low-cost cross-taxon enrichment of mitochondrial DNA using in-house synthesised RNA probes. PLoS ONE, 14(2):e0209499 [3.352; Multidisciplinary sciences: 15/64]


    1. Posth C, Nakatsuka N, Lazaridis I, Skoglund P, Mallick S, Lamnidis TC, Rohland N, Nägele K, Adamski N, Bertolini E, Broomandkhoshbacht N, Cooper A, Culleton BJ, Ferraz T, Ferry M, Furtwängler A, Haak W, Harkins K, Harper TK, Hünemeier T, Lawson AM, Llamas B, Michel M, Nelson E, Oppenheimer J, Patterson N, Schiffels S, Sedig J, Stewardson K, Talamo S, Wang C-C, Hublin J-J, Hubbe M, Harvati K, Delaunay AN, Beier J, Francken M, Kaulicke P, Reyes-Centeno H, Rademaker K, Trask WR, Robinson M, Gutierrez SM, Prufer KM, Salazar-García DC, Chim EN, Gomes LMP, Alves ML, Liryo A, Inglez M, Oliveira RE, Bernardo DV, Barioni A, Wesolowski V, Scheifler NA, Rivera MA, Plens CR, Messineo PG, Figuti L, Corach D, Scabuzzo C, Eggers S, DeBlasis P, Reindel M, Méndez C, Politis G, Tomasto-Cagigao E, Kennett DJ, Strauss A, Fehren-Schmitz L, Krause J, Reich D (2018) Reconstructing the Deep Population History of Central and South America. Cell, 175:1185-1197.e22. [33.796; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: 2/293]
    2. Bover P, Llamas B, Thomson VA, Pons J, Cooper A, Michell KJ (2018) Molecular resolution to a morphological controversy: the case of North American fossil muskoxen Bootherium and Symbos. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 129:70–76. [4.294; Genetic and Heredity: 34/171]
    3. Potter BA, Baichtal JF, Beaudoin AB, Fehren-Schmitz L, Haynes CV, Holliday VT, Holmes CE, Ives JW, Kelly R, Llamas B, Malhi R, Miller S, Reich D, Reuther JD, Schiffels S, Surovell T (2018) Current evidence allows multiple models for the peopling of the Americas. Science Advances, 4:eaat5473. [11.514; Multidisciplinary sciences: 4/64]
    4. Bover P, Michell KJ, Llamas B, Rofes J, Thomson VA, Cuenca-Bescós G, Alcover JA, Cooper A, Pons J (2018) Molecular phylogenetics supports the origin of an endemic Balearic shrew lineage (Nesiotites) coincident with the Messinian Salinity Crisis. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 125:188–195. [4.294; Genetic and Heredity: 34/171]
    5. Potter BA, Beaudoin AB, Haynes CV, Holliday VT, Holmes CE, Ives JW, Kelly R, Llamas B, Malhi R, Miller S, Reich D, Reuther JD, Schiffels S, Surovell T (2018) Arrival routes of first Americans uncertain. Science, 359:1224–1225. [38.062; Multidisciplinary sciences: 2/64]
    6. Feigin CY, Newton AH, Doronina L, Schmitz J, Hipsley CA, Mitchell KJ, Gower G, Llamas B, Soubrier J, Heider TN, Menzies BR, Cooper A, O'Neill RJ, Pask AJ (2018) Genome of the Tasmanian tiger provides insights into the evolution and demography of an extinct marsupial carnivore. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2:182192. [IF = NA]


    1. Lipson M, Szécsényi-Nagy A, Mallick S, Pósa A, Stégmár B, Keerl V, Rohland N, Stewardson K, Ferry M, Michel M, Oppenheimer J, Broomandkhoshbacht N, Harney E, Nordenfelt S, Llamas B, Mende BG, Köhler K, Oross K, Bondár M, Marton T, Osztás A, Jakucs J, Paluch T, Horváth F, Csengeri P, Koós J, Sebők K, Anders A, Raczky P, Regenye J, Barna JP, Fábián S, Serlegi G, Toldi Z, Gyöngyvér Nagy E, Dani J, Molnár E, Pálfi G, Márk L, Melegh B, Bánfai Z, Domboróczki L, Fernández-Eraso J, Mujika-Alustiza JA, Alonso Fernández C, Jiménez Echevarría J, Bollongino R, Orschiedt J, Schierhold K, Meller H, Cooper A, Burger J, Bánffy E, Alt KW, Lalueza-Fox C, Haak W, Reich D (2017) Parallel palaeogenomic transects reveal complex genetic history of early European farmers. Nature, 551:368–372. [44.959; Multidisciplinary sciences: 1/64]
      1. Fehren-Schmitz L, Harkins KM, Llamas B (2017) A paleogenetic perspective on the early population history of the high altitude Andes. Quaternary International, 461C:25–33. [2.488; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary: 85/190]
      2. Llamas B, Harkins KM, Fehren-Schmitz L (2017) Genetic studies of the peopling of the Americas: What insights do diachronic mitochondrial genome datasets provide? Quaternary International, 444B:26–35. [2.488; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary: 85/190]
      3. Rabanus-Wallace T, Wooller MJ, Zazula G, Shute E, Jahren H, Kosintsev P, Burns J, Breen J, Llamas B, Cooper A (2017) Megafaunal nitrogen isotopes reveal role of increased moisture on rangeland during Late Pleistocene extinctions. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 10(20):30. [IF = NA]
      4. Weyrich LS, Duchene S, Soubrier J, Arriola L, Llamas B, Breen J, Morris AG, Alt KW, Caramelli D, Dresely V, Farrell M, Farrer AG, Francken M, Gully N, Haak W, Hardy K, Harvati K, Held P, Holmes EC, Kaidonis J, Lalueza-Fox C, de la Rasilla M, Rosas A, Semal P, Soltysiak A, Townsend G, Usai D, Wahl J, Huson DH, Dobney K, Cooper A (2017) Neanderthal behaviour, diet, and disease inferred from ancient DNA in dental calculus. Nature, 544(7650):357–361. [44.959; Multidisciplinary sciences: 1/64]
      5. Tobler R, Rohrlach A, Soubrier J, Bover P, Llamas B, Tuke J, Bean N, Abdullah-Highfold A, Agius S, O'Donoghue A, O'Loughlin I, Sutton P, Zilio F, Walshe K, Williams AN, Turney CS, Williams M, Richards SM, Mitchell RJ, Kowal E, Stephen JR, Williams L, Haak W, Cooper A (2017) Aboriginal mitogenomes reveal 50,000 years of regionalism in Australia. Nature, 544(7649):180–184. [44.959; Multidisciplinary sciences: 1/64]
      6. Onar V, Soubrier J, Toker NY, van Loenen A, Llamas B, Siddiq AB, Pasicka E, Tokarska M (2017) Did the historical range of the European bison (Bison bonasus L.) extend further south? - a new finding from the Yenikapı Metro and Marmaray excavation, Turkey. Mammal Research (formerly Acta Theriologica), 62(1):103–9. [1.299; Zoology: 64/167]
      7. Llamas B, Valverde G, Fehren-Schmitz L, Weyrich LS, Cooper A, Haak W (2017) From the field to the laboratory: Controlling DNA contamination in ancient DNA research in the high-throughput sequencing era. Science and Technology of Archaeological Research, 3(1):1–14. [IF = NA]
      8. Llamas B, Willerslev E, Orlando L (2017) Human evolution: a tale from ancient genomes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 372:20150484. [7.192; Biology: 7/85]
      9. Cruz-Dávalos DI, Llamas B, Gaunitz C, Fages A, Gamba C, Soubrier J, Librado P, Seguin-Orlando A, Pruvost M, Alfarhan AH, Alquraishi SA, Al-Rasheid KAS, Scheu A, Beneke N, Ludwig A, Cooper A, Willerslev E, Orlando L (2017) Experimental conditions improving in solution target enrichment for ancient DNA. Molecular Ecology Resources, 17(3):508-522. [6.073; Ecology: 8/160]
      10. Scofield P, Mitchell KJ, Wood, JR, De Pietri VL, Jarvie S, Llamas B, Cooper A (2017) The origin and phylogenetic relationships of the New Zealand ravens. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 106:136-143. [4.294; Genetic and Heredity: 34/171]


      1. Soubrier J, Gower G, Chen K, Richards SM, Llamas B, Mitchell KJ, Ho SYW, Kosintsev P, Lee MSY, Baryshnikov G, Bollongino R, Bover P, Burger J, Chival D, Crégut-Bonnoure E, Decker JE, Doronichev VB, Douka K, Fordham DA, Fontana F, Fritz C, Glimmerveen J, Golovanova LV, Groves C, Guerreschi A, Haak W, Higham T, Hofman-Kamińska E, Immel A, Julien M-A, Krause J, Krotova O, Langbein F, Larson G, Rohrlach A, Scheu A, Schnabel RD, Taylor JF, Tokarska M, Tosello G, van der Plicht J, van Loenen A, Vigne J-D, Wooley O, Orlando L, Kowalczyk R, Shapiro B, Cooper A (2016) Early cave art and ancient DNA record the origin of European bison. Nature Communications, 7:13158. [13.691; Multidisciplinary sciences: 3/64]
      2. Mitchell KJ, Wood JR, Llamas B, McLenachan PA, Kardailsky O, Scofield RP, Worthy TH, Cooper A (2016) Ancient mitochondrial genomes clarify the evolutionary history of New Zealand's enigmatic acanthisittid wrens. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 102:295-304. [4.294; Genetic and Heredity: 34/171]
      3. Valverde G, Barreto Romero MI, Flores Espinoza I, Cooper A, Fehren-Schmitz L, Llamas B*, Haak W* (2016) Ancient DNA Analysis Suggests Negligible Impact of the Wari Empire Expansion in Peru's Central Coast during the Middle Horizon. PLoS One, 11(6):e0155508. [3.352; Multidisciplinary sciences: 15/64] [* equal contribution]
      4. Llamas B*, Fehren-Schmitz L*, Valverde G, Soubrier J, Mallick S, Rohland N, Nordenfelt S, Valdiosera C, Richards SM, Rohrlach A, Barreto Romero MI, Flores Espinoza I, Tomasto Cagigao E, Watson Jiménez L, Makowski K, Leboreiro Reyna IS, Mansilla Lory J, Ballivián Torrez JA, Rivera MA, Burger RL, Constanza Ceruti M, Reinhard J, Wells RS, Politis G, Santoro CM, Standen VG, Smith C, Reich D, Ho SYW, Cooper A, Haak W (2016) Ancient mitochondrial DNA provides high-resolution timescale of the peopling of the Americas. Science Advances, 2:e1501385. [11.514; Multidisciplinary sciences: 4/64] [* equal contribution]
      5. Schiffels S, Haak W, Paajanen P, Llamas B, Popescu E, Loe L, Clarke R, Lyons A, Mortimer R, Sayer D, Tyler-Smith C, Cooper A, Durbin R (2016) Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon genomes from East England reveal British migration history. Nature Communications, 7:10408. [13.691; Multidisciplinary sciences: 3/64]


      1. Mathieson I, Lazaridis I, Rohland N, Mallick S, Patterson N, Roodenberg SA, Harney E, Stewardson K, Fernandes D, Novak M, Sirak K, Gamba C, Jones ER, Llamas B, Dryomov S, Pickrell J, Arsuaga JL, Bermúdez de Castro JM, Carbonell E, Gerritsen F, Khokhlov A, Kuznetsov P, Lozano M, Meller H, Mochalov O, Moiseyev V, Rojo Guerra MA, Roodenberg J, Vergès M, Krause J, Cooper A, Alt KW, Brown D, Anthony D, Lalueza Fox C, Haak W, Pinhasi R, Reich D (2015) Genome-wide patterns of selection in 230 ancient Eurasians. Nature, 528:499-503. [44.959; Multidisciplinary sciences: 1/64]
      2. Khong JJ, Wang LY, Smyth GK, McNab AA, Hardy TG, Selva D, Llamas B, Jung C-H, Sharma S, Burdon KP, Ebeling PR, Craig JE (2015) Differential gene expression profiling of orbital adipose tissue in thyroid orbitopathy. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 56(11):6438-6447. [3.731; Ophthalmology: 9/59]
      3. Fehren-Schmitz L*, Llamas B*, Lindauer S*, Cagigao ET*, Kuzminsky S, Rohland N, Santos FR, Kaulicke P, Valverde G, Richards SM, Nordenfelt S, Verena Seidenberg V, Mallick S, Cooper A, Reich D, Haak W (2015) A re-appraisal of the early Andean human remains from Lauricocha in Peru. PLoS One, 10(6):e0127141. [3.352; Multidisciplinary sciences: 15/64] [* equal contribution]
      4. Haak W, Lazaridis I, Patterson N, Rohland N, Mallick S, Llamas B, Brandt G, Nordenfelt S, Harney E, Stewardson K, Fu Q, Mittnik A, Bánffy E, Economou C, Francken M, Friederich S, Garrido Pena R, Hallgren F, Khartanovich V, Khokhlov A, Kunst M, Kuznetsov P, Meller H, Mochalov O, Moiseyev V, Nicklisch N, Pichler SL, Risch R, Rojo Guerra MA, Roth C, Szécsényi-Nagy A, Wahl J, Meyer M, Krause J, Brown D, Anthony D, Cooper A, Alt KW, Reich D (2015) Massive migration from the steppe is a source for Indo-European languages in Europe. Nature, 522:207-211. [44.959; Multidisciplinary sciences: 1/64]
      5. Llamas B*, Brotherton P*, Mitchell KJ, Templeton JEL, Thomson VA, Metcalf JL, Armstrong KN, Kasper M, Richards SM, Camens AB, Lee MSY, Cooper A (2015) Late Pleistocene Australian marsupial DNA clarifies the affinities of extinct megafaunal kangaroos and wallabies. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 32(3):574-584. [14.479; Evolutionary Biology: 2/49] [* equal contribution]


      1. Scott-Boyer M-P, Praktiknjo SD, Llamas B, Picard S, Deschepper CF (2014) Dual linkage of a locus to left ventricular mass and a cardiac gene co-expression network driven by a chromosome domain. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, 1:11. [IF = NA]
      2. Wood JR, Mitchell KJ, Scofield RP, Tennyson AJD, Fidler AE, Wilmshurst JM, Llamas B, Cooper A (2014) An extinct nestorid parrot (Aves, Psittaciformes, Nestoridae) from the Chatham Islands, New Zealand. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 172(1):185-99. [3.027; Zoology: 16/167]
      3. Fehren-Schmitz L*, Haak W*, Machtle B, Masch F, Llamas B, Tomasto Cagigao E, Sossna V, Schittek K, Isla Cuadrado J, Eitel B, Reindel M (2014) Climate change underlies global demographic, genetic and cultural transitions in pre-Columbian southern Peru. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 111(26):9443–8. [10.359; Multidisciplinary sciences: 5/64] [* equal contribution]
      4. Mitchell KJ, Pratt RC, Watson LN, Gibb GC, Llamas B, Kasper M, Edson J, Hopwood B, Male D, Armstrong K, Meyer M, Hofreiter M, Austin J, Donnellan SC, Lee MSY, Phillips MJ, Cooper A (2014) Molecular phylogeny, biogeography, and ancestral habitat preference of marsupials. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 31(9):2322-30. [14.479; Evolutionary Biology: 2/49]
      5. Mitchell KJ, Llamas B, Soubrier J, Rawlence NJ, Worthy TH, Wood JR, Lee MSY, Cooper A (2014) Ancient DNA reveals elephant birds and kiwi are sister taxa and clarifies ratite bird evolution. Science, 344(6186):898-900. [40.627; Multidisciplinary sciences: 2/64]
      6. Coutinho A, Valverde G, Fehren-Schmitz L, Cooper A, Barreto Romero MI, Espinoza IF, Llamas B, Haak W (2014) AmericaPlex26: A SNaPshot Multiplex System for Genotyping the Main Human Mitochondrial Founder Lineages of the Americas. PLoS One, 9(3):e93292. [3.352; Multidisciplinary sciences: 15/64]
      7. Weyrich LS, Llamas B, Cooper A (2014) Reply to Santiago-Rodriguez et al: Was luxS really isolated from 25- to 40-million-year-old bacteria? FEMS Microbiology Letters, 353(2):85-6. [2.096; Microbiology: 92/126]
      8. Der Sarkissian C, Brotherton P, Balanovsky O, Templeton J, Llamas B, Soubrier J, Moiseyev V, Khartanovich V, Cooper A, Haak W, The Genographic Consortium (2014) Mitochondrial Genome Sequencing in Mesolithic North East Europe Unearths a New Sub-clade Within the Broadly Distributed Human Haplogroup C1. PLoS One, 9(2):e87612. [3.352; Multidisciplinary sciences: 15/64] Cover
      9. Sheng G-L, Soubrier J, Liu J-Y, Werdelin L, Llamas B, Thomson VA, Tuke J, Wu L-J, Hou X-D, Chen Q-J, Lai X-L, and Cooper A (2014) Pleistocene Chinese cave hyenas and the recent Eurasian history of the spotted hyena, Crocuta crocuta. Molecular Ecology, 23(3):522-33. [6.885; Ecology: 10/160]. Editorial by Beth Shapiro and Simon YW Ho available here.
      10. Mitchell KJ, Wood JR, Scofield PR, Llamas B, Cooper A (2014) Ancient mitochondrial genome reveals unsuspected taxonomic affinity of the extinct Chatham duck (Pachyanas chathamica) and resolves divergence times for New Zealand and sub-Antarctic brown teals. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 70(1):420-8. [4.294; Genetic and Heredity: 34/171]
      11. Fehren-Schmitz L, Llamas B, Tomasto-Cagigao E, Haak W (2014) Ancient DNA and the early population history of western South America: what have we learned so far and where do we go from here? Boletin Arqueologia PUCP, 15:17-41. [Spanish] [IF = N/A]


      1. Templeton JEL, Brotherton PM, Llamas B, Soubrier J, Haak W, Cooper A, and Austin JJ (2013) DNA capture and Next Generation Sequencing recover whole mitochondrial genomes from highly degraded samples for human identification. Investigative Genetics, 4(1):26. [IF = N/A]
      2. Praktiknjo SD, Llamas B, Scott-Boyer M, Picard S, Robert F, Langlais D, Haibe-Kains B, Faubert D, Silversides DW, and Deschepper CF (2013) Novel effects of chromosome Y on cardiac regulation, chromatin remodeling and neonatal programming in male mice. Endocrinology, 154(10):4746-56. [4.224; Endocrinology and metabolism: 38/142]


      1. Llamas B*, Holland ML*, Chen K*, Cropley JE, Cooper A, Suter CM (2012) High-Resolution Analysis of Cytosine Methylation in Ancient DNA. PLoS One, 7(1):e30226 . [3.352; Multidisciplinary sciences: 15/64] [* equal contribution]


      1. Dimasi DP, Hewitt AW, Kagame K, Ruvama S, Tindyebwa L, Llamas B, Kirk KA, Mitchell P, Burdon KP, Craig JE (2011) Ethnic and mouse strain differences in central corneal thickness and association with pigmentation phenotype. PLoS One, 6(8):e22103. [3.352; Multidisciplinary sciences: 15/64]


      1. Llamas B*, Verdugo RA*, Churchill GA, Deschepper CF (2009) Chromosome Y variants from different inbred mouse strains are linked to differences in the morphologic and molecular responses of cardiac cells to postpubertal testosterone. BMC Genomics, 10:150. [4.257; Biotechnology and applied microbiology: 40/161]  [* equal contribution]

      2007  Cover

      1. Llamas B, Bélanger S, Picard S, Deschepper CF (2007) Cardiac mass and cardiomyocyte size are governed by different genetic loci on either autosomes or chromosome Y in recombinant inbred mice. Physiological Genomics, 31(2):176-82. [2.816; Physiology: 32/83]. Editorial by Gary A Churchill available here.
      2. Deschepper CF & Llamas B (2007) Hypertensive cardiac remodeling in males and females: from the bench to the bedside. Hypertension, 49(3):401-7. [6.739; Peripheral vascular disease: 3/65]


      1. Llamas B, Lau C, Cupples WA, Rainville ML, Souzeau E, Deschepper CF (2006) Genetic determinants of systolic and pulse pressure in an intercross between normotensive inbred rats. Hypertension, 48(5):921-6. [6.739; Peripheral vascular disease: 3/65]
      2. Souzeau E, Llamas B, Bélanger S, Picard S, Deschepper CF (2006) A genetic locus accentuates the effect of volume overload on adverse left ventricular remodeling in male and female rats. Hypertension, 47(1):128-33. [6.739; Peripheral vascular disease: 3/65]


      1. Llamas B, Jiang Z, Rainville ML, Picard S, Deschepper CF (2005) Distinct QTL are linked to cardiac left ventricular mass in a sex-specific manner in a normotensive inbred rat intercross. Mammalian Genome, 16(9):700-11. [2.643; Biotechnology and applied microbiology: 60/161]
      2. Llamas B, Contesse V, Guyonnet-Duperat V, Vaudry H, Mormède P, Moisan MP (2005) QTL mapping for traits associated with stress neuroendocrine reactivity in rats. Mammalian genome, 16(7):505-15. [2.643; Biotechnology and applied microbiology: 60/161]


      1. Ousova O, Guyonnet-Duperat V, Iannuccelli N, Bidanel J-P, Milan D, Genêt C, Llamas B, Yerle M, Gellin J, Chardon P, Emptoz-Bonneton A, Pugeat M, Mormède P, Moisan MP (2004) Corticosteroid Binding Globulin: A new target for cortisol driven obesity. Molecular Endocrinology; 18(7):1687-96. [3.841; Endocrinology and metabolism: 48/142]


      1. Moisan MP, Llamas B, Cook MN, Mormède P (2003) Further dissection of a genomic locus associated with behavioral activity in the Wistar-Kyoto hyperactive rat, an animal model of hyperkinesis. Molecular Psychiatry; 8(3):348-52. [12.439; Biochemistry and molecular biology: 9/293]

      Group Papers

      1. Progress and prospects in rat genetics: a community view (2008). Nature Genetics, 40(5):516-22. [31.156; Genetic and heredity: 2/171]. The list of co-signatories is available here.
      2. The complex Trait Consortium (2004) The Collaborative Cross, a community resource for the genetic analysis of complex traits. Nature Genetics, 36(11):1133-7. [31.156; Genetic and heredity: 2/171]


      1. Kowal E, Llamas B, Tishkoff S (2017) Consent: Data-sharing for indigenous peoples. Nature, 546(7659):474. [44.959; Multidisciplinary sciences: 1/64]

      Open access preprint repository

      1. Nieves-Colón MA, Pestle WJ, Reynolds AW, Llamas B, de la Fuente C, Fowler K, Skerry K, Crespo-Torres E, Bustamante CD, Stone AC (2019) Ancient DNA reconstructs the genetic legacies of pre-contact Puerto Rico communities. bioRxivdoi.org/10.1101/765685.
      2. Gower G, Tuke S, Rohrlach AB, Soubrier J, Llamas B, Bean N, Cooper A (2018) Population size history from short genomic scaffolds: how short is too short?. bioRxiv, doi.org/10.1101/382036.
    2. Professional Interests

      • Organising Committee Chairperson of EpiCSA (The Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia Inc.), since 2017.
      • Organising Committee Deputy Chairperson of EpiCSA (The Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia Inc.), 2015-2017.
      • Scientific collaborator for the creation of the permanent exhibition "idTV" and the previous permanent exhibition "Imagine". Montreal Science Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada.

      • Advisory board member for the Citizen Conference on Pandemics Planning, Montreal, QC, Canada, 2008.
      • Invited scientific speaker during the first Young Citizen Conference on the use of animals for research purposes. Montreal Science Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada, 2008.
      • Invited scientific speaker during the Citizen conference on human biology breakthroughs in the genomic era. Montreal Science Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada, 4-5 Feb 2005.
      • Invited scientific speaker during the Citizen forum on the genome: young scientists and genomic stakes, 72nd Annual Congress of the ACFAS. Montreal, QC, Canada, 13 May 2004.
    3. Community Engagement

      • Player for the Adelaide University Soccer Club "The Blacks" since 2009, in the South Australian Amateur Soccer League Saturday Div1 Reserve (2009, 2010, 2012-2014), Div2 Reserve (2011), and C team (2015, 2016). Team achievements: League Champions 2010, 2011, 2016, and Cup Champions 2017; Personal achievement: League Top Scorer 2011
      • School of Biological Sciences postdoc association representative
      • Former president of the student association of the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM). 2003-2006
      • Past member of the editorial board of Le Messager, the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) monthly newspaper. 2003-2007
    4. Media Expertise

      CategoriesScience & Technology
      ExpertiseAncient DNA; paleogenetics; paleogenomics; paleoepigenomics; molecular archaeology; human evolution; human adaptation; human migrations; megafauna extinction; extinct marsupials; extinct bison
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