Ancient DNA Lab

at the Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna

Head: PhD Ron Pinhasi

The ancient DNA facility uses state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to produce and sequence ancient DNA molecules from archaeological, environmental and forensic sources. It consists of several rooms and has been designed particularly for high volume bone/teeth/sediment optimization workflow for nuclear NGS data. The facility consists of  four areas:

1. A sample storage room

2. A bone/teeth/sediment processing ultra-clean laboratory with  and anteroom leading to a triple-room complex designed for parallel workflow on  up to three independent experiments (with contamination and cross-contamination-control measures).

3. An ultra-clean extraction and DNA library preparation laboratory with and anteroom and a the main room with three laminar flows and additional equipment.

4. PCR and Post-PCR  laboratory.

Additional facilities which are part of the regular workflow but are not located within the facility include an Agilent Bioanalayzer, qPCR, and an Illumina NexSeq sequencer.