Johannes Krause (born 1980) is a native of Thuringia. In 2008 he received his Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of Leipzig. Subsequently, he worked at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, before he was appointed Professor for Archeology and Paleogenetics at the University of Tübingen, at the Institute for Archaeological Sciences. Johannes Krause focusses on the analysis of old to very old DNA using the DNA sequencing. His research interests include pathogens from historical epidemics, as well as human evolution. He also contributed to the deciphering of the genetic heritage of Neanderthals, and managed to prove that Neanderthals and modern humans share the same language gene ( FOXP2). In 2010 he discovered the first genetic evidence of the Denisovans, a stone-age primeval Homo species from Siberia. With his work on the evolution of historical infectious diseases, he was able to demonstrate that most of today’s plague pathogen originated in the Middle Ages. From June 2014 Johannes Krause was Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human History in Jena, and in June 2020 he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig.
Plenary talk title: The genetic history of plague: From the Stone Age to the 21st century