Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Susanna Sabin, M.Sc.

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07745 Jena



Susanna Sabin, M.Sc.

Susanna Sabin, M.Sc.

Susanna Sabin, M.Sc.


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Main Focus

My current and upcoming research covers the following topics: ancient tuberculosis, modern tuberculosis diversity in non-human primates, eukaryotic human pathogens, and ancient human microbiomes

I am currently participating in the following projects:

Ancient Tuberculosis in the New World and Beyond

Evolution and Ecology of the Human Oral Microbiome

Curriculum Vitae


2018    Mann, A.*, Sabin, S.*, Ziesemer, K., Vågene, Å.J., Schroeder, H., Ozga, A.T., Sankaranarayanan, K., Hofman, C.A., Fellows Yates, J.A., Salazar-García, D.C., Frohlich, B., Aldenderfer, M., Hoogland, M., Read, C., Milner, G.R., Stone, A.C., Lewis, C.M., Krause, J., Hofman, C., Bos, K., Warinner, C., 2018. Differential preservation of endogenous human and microbial DNA in dental calculus and dentin. Scientific Reports 8, 9822. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-28091-9.

*Equal contributions

2018    Vågene, Å.J., Herbig, A., Campana, M.G., Robles García, N.M., Warinner, C., Sabin, S., Spyrou, M.A., Valtueña, A.A., Huson, D., Tuross, N., Bos, K.I., Krause, J. (2019) Salmonella enterica genomes from victimes of a major sixteenth-century epidemic in Mexico. Nat. Eco. Evo., 2: 520-528. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0446-6.


2017    Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant for the project “Revealing the History of Human Tuberculosis with Diverse Ancient and Modern Pathogen Genomes”

Conference Posters/Presentations

2018    Sabin, S., Herbig, A., Vågene, Å.J., Ahlström, T., Bozovic, G., Nelson, E.A., Arcini, C., Bos, K. "Application of a 17th Century Mycobacterium tuberculosis genome to mycobacterial dating and phylogeography." Poster and rapid fire talk presented at the American Society for Microbiology Microbe meeting in Atlanta, GA, USA on 10 June 2018. Recipient of Outstanding Abstract Award.

2016    Sabin, S. , Vågene, Å., Fellows Yates, J., Read, C., Herbig, A., Krause, J., Bos, K. "A comparative dataset of dentine and dental calculus from medieval Ireland." Poster presented at the 7th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology (ISBA7) in Oxford, UK on 14-16 September 2016.

2014    Sabin, S. "Tracing the origin of tuberculosis: an integrated paleopathological perspective." Podium presentation presented at the California State University Honors Consortium Conference in Fullerton, CA, USA, on 3 May 2014.

2014    Sabin, S. "Tracing the origin of tuberculosis: an integrated paleopathological perspective." Podium presentation presented at the Southwestern Anthropological Association Conference (SWAA) in Anaheim, CA, USA on 26 April 2014.


2016 - present    Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Molecular Palaeopathology, Ph.D., to be awarded by Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Faculty of Biology and Pharmacy, expected October 2019 (Jena, Germany)

2014 - 2016        Universität Tübingen, Archaeological Sciences, M.Sc. (Tübingen, Germany)

2010 - 2014        California State University Los Angeles, Anthropology, B.A., Magna Cum Laude (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

2012 - 2013        University of St Andrews, Junior Year Abroad (St. Andrews, Scotland, UK)

Field Experience

2015        Student Excavator | Palaeolithic site complex at Schöningen, Germany

2012        Student Excavator | Koobi Fora Field School, Turkana Basin, Kenya

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • Department of Archaeogenetics
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