Paleogenetics Lab, General Genetic Labs

AWI - Alfred Wegener Institute
last updated: July 19, 2023

About the Laboratory

Paleogenetics Lab, General Genetic Labs

AWI - Alfred Wegener Institute
@ Geosciences / Polar Terrestrial Environmental Systems
This Laboratory is part of:
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The palaeogenetics lab is a part of the larger molecular genetic facility specialized to analyse ancient sedimentary DNA and is placed in a separate building apart from the modern and recent environmental lab and Post-PCR areas. In the palaeogenetics lab we analyse ancient DNA from sediment cores (lakes or marine archives) or permafrost deposits.
We apply DNA metabarcoding and metagenomics (shotgun and hybridisation capture) to investigate spatial and temporal biodiversity with the aim of identifying the taxonomic and functional composition of assemblages on population, community or ecosystem-level and their changes in Arctic (terrestrial and marine) ecosystems.


  • DNA/RNA Extraction Kit

  • Fluorimeter
  • Homogenizer
  • PCR Cycler
    Thermal Cycler, Thermal PCR Cycler
  • Clean Room Facility
  • PCR Workstation

Analytical Methods

  • Shot Gun Sequencing

  • Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Fluorimetry
  • DNA Isolation
    DNA/RNA Isolation, Homogenization

  • DNA Hybridization Capture

  • Chain Termination Sequencing
  • DNA Extraction

  • Metagenomics

  • Massive Parallel Sequencing, Second Generation Sequencing

  • DNA Amplification, DNA Enrichment

  • DNA Amplification, DNA Enrichment, Quantitative PCR

Laboratory Keywords

  • Ancient DNA
  • Cloning and Preparation for Sanger Sequencing
  • Metabarcoding
  • Microsatellites (SNP Analyses)
  • Preparation for Amplicon and Shot Gun Next-Generation Sequencing