Ancient DNA

Infrastructure unit


Magnus Lundgren

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Anders Götherström, platform scientific director

Mattias Jakobsson, platform scientific director

Magnus Lundgren, head of unit

E-Jean Tan, research engineer

Motahare Feizabadi Farahani, research engineer

Torsten Günther, senior bioinformatics advisor

Thijessen Naidoo, bioinformatician

Ancient DNA

DNA, the hereditary material of all known living organisms, has a remarkable stability and can be analyzed even after very long periods of time. Such genetic material is referred to as ancient DNA.

Analysis of ancient DNA allows investigation of humans, animals, plants and other organisms that lived a long time ago. Preserved DNA constitute a part of our cultural heritage and can assist in analysis of the development of human societies and our shared history. Ancient DNA is also a time capsule that increase our understanding of the ecology and the evolution of life in the past.

The SciLifeLab Ancient DNA unit provides analysis a service for a wide range of purposes. We provide processing of samples in our state-of-the-art cleanroom laboratory, and computational analysis optimized for ancient DNA sequence data. We can provide customized analysis based on user requirements and assist in project development.

SciLifeLab is a Swedish national initiative to support scientific research. The Ancient DNA unit operates on at-cost basis, and in addition provide subsidized analysis for Swedish and international research users.

The Ancient DNA unit is a part of the Centre for Palaeogenetics, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University, and the Department of Organismal Biology, Uppsala University in Sweden. We collaborate with leading researchers in the field, providing access to the latest developments in methods and technology.

For more information or for discussing projects, you are welcome to contact us!


  • Assistance with project planning and sample selection
  • Complete analysis to determine ancient DNA content in osteological material, dental material, hair or soft tissue
  • Analysis of an individuals features such as sex, mitochondrial and Y chromosome haplogroup, and phenotypic traits
  • Analysis of close kinship between individuals
  • Custom laboratory and data analysis projects

Mail address

Uppsala University
SciLifelab Ancient DNA
Norbyvägen 18 A
752 36 Uppsala


Evolutionary Biology Centre
SciLifeLab Ancient DNA
Kåbovägen 4 A
SE-752 36 Uppsala

Visitor address

Evolutionary Biology Centre
Norbyvägen 18 A
Uppsala, Sweden

Centre for Palaeogenetics
Svante Arrhenius väg 20 C
Stockholm, Sweden

Last updated: 2024-03-05

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