Ludovic Orlando is a former student from the Ecole Normale Superieure of Lyon (ENS, 1996-2000), one of the top-5 French universities. First trained as a molecular biologist, he got more recently interested in computational biology and programming.
He received his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Lyon, France in 2003, almost twenty years after the first ancient DNA molecule was ever sequenced. Trained in phylogenomics as a postdoc (CNRS EA 3781), he was rapidly appointed as a permanent Associate Professor at the prestigious ENS Lyon, where he taught and performed research between 2005 and 2010. He moved to the Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, in April 2010 to start his own research group. He was appointed as a full Professor in Molecular Archaeology in March 2016 and started in December 2016 a five year, ERC-funded project on horse evolution.
His group develops integrative approaches in ancient DNA research, promoting the field of palaeomics by the merger of biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics and computational biology.
Ludovic has been part of several organizing and scientific boards of international meetings, including the prestigious international meeting for the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution, the International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology and the International Union for Quaternary Research. He has been acting as an Academic Editor for the journal PLoS One since January 2012, for Scientific Reports since September 2016, and for Peer J since April 2017.
He is one of the four Editors-in-Chief for the journal ‘Science and Technology of Archeological Research’. He was expert member of the committee of the French National Research Agency (ANR, panel SVSE7 for Biodiversity, Evolution, Ecology and Agronomy) in 2012 and 2013, and an expert member of the Junior Committee of the ‘Institut Universitaire de France’ in 2015 and 2016.