Welcome to Axel Barlow’s

Pleistocene Genomics Lab

We use palaeogenomics to study the evolution and ecology of Pleistocene animals that lived tens of thousands of years ago!

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New paper on museum linsang DNA

We were part of an international team recovering DNA from museum samples of Asian linsangs. Check out the results in the paper, published in PLoS ONE! Paijmans JLA, Barlow A, Henneberger K, Fickel J, Hofreiter M, Foerster DWG (2020) Ancestral mitogenome capture of the Southeast Asian banded linsang. PLoS ONE. 15(6): e0234385. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0234385

New paper on DNA sequences from museum frog specimens!

We were part of an international team recovering mitochondrial sequences from South American frog museum specimens. This data helped resolve long-standing questions on the taxonomy of the group! Check out: Lyra ML, Lourenço ACC, Pinheiro PDP, Pezzuti TL, Baêta D, Barlow A, Hofreiter M, Pombal José PJR, Haddad CFB, Faivovich J (2020) High-throughput DNA sequencing …

New paper on extinct giant beaver DNA!

We were part of an International Team working on the phylogenetics of the extinct giant beaver, including Prof. Hofreiter’s team at Uni Potsdam and researchers at the Joseph Moore Museum, Earlham College. Check out our results, published in the latest issue of Current Biology! https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982219316744?dgcid=author Also write up and excellent video from Earlham College! https://earlham.edu/news/article/?id=70872&r=40315&title=research-group-sequences-dna-of-long-extinct-giant-beaver


Nottingham Trent University is currently offering 50 fully funded PhD studentships, deadline Feb 14th, anticipated start date Oct 2020 or Jan 2021. Masters-level students and graduates interested in the general topics of palaeogenomics and population genomics are invited to contact me and apply for a PhD in my group. Our current research investigates the population …

Cave bear review out!

Our cave bear review is published, in honour of Prof. Gernot Rabeder’s 80 birthday! Barlow A, Hofreiter M, Knapp M (2019) Cave bears and ancient DNA: a mutually beneficial relationship. In Berichte der Geologischen Bundesanstalt Nr. 132. Festschrift zum 80. Geburtstag von emer. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mag. Gernot Rabeder. ISSN: 1017-8880

Research Themes


We collect genomic data from ancient subfossil bones to study the evolution and ecology of Pleistocene animals. Find out more

Laboratory methods

Our work also involves the development and optimisation of new laboratory methods for recovering palaeogenomic data. Find out more


We also develop new computational and statistical methods for the analysis of palaeogenomic data. Find out more

Museum samples

We are also interested in the genomic analysis of historical museum specimens as a way of sampling endangered and recently extinct animals. Find out more


We also generate datasets for phylogenetic analysis and molecular dating. Find out more

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