Prof. Muntaser Ibrahim

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Prof. Muntaser Ibrahim

TITLE: Professor at the Department of Molecular Biology, Institute of Endemic Diseases, University of Khartoum
SPECIALTY AREA:  Zoology, chemistry, and molecular biology

PRESENTATION ABSTRACT:  Much In Our Genes: Glimpses from the History of Greater Sudan

Fri., 10/01/21 • 3:15pm est • Session B

Without implying a reductionist approach, Kamin, Lewontin, and Rose famous title, “Not In Our Genes,” is borrowed here to stress how much human history can be reconstructed based on genetic legacies. Recent and early histories of populations with no written records of themselves could be drawn from genes to provide interesting insights on origin, biology, culture, and perhaps even social organization of those people.

Ancestry and genetic-based analysis of the Sudanese population using mitochondrial and Y Chromosome DNA variation as well as whole genomes in comparison to world populations has provided a bounty of clues and evidence on past and recent histories of Sudan and the greater Sudan. This is the area stretching from the Ethiopian highland to the Atlantic, where some of the most pivotal events in the history of our species is known to have taken place.

Prof. Muntaser Ibrahim Bio

Prof. Muntaser Ibrahim

Biography

Prof. Muntaser Ibrahim is a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology, Institute of Endemic Diseases, at the University of Khartoum. He obtained a B.Sc. in Zoology and Chemistry, and a PhD. in Molecular Biology. 

His primary research interest is on the evolutionary aspects of diseases in relation to human genetic diversity with particular interest in ethnicity, including the role of disease in ethnogeography. In 1998, he established the Unit of Diseases and Diversity, which focuses on the study of human genetic variation.

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