Laura Parducci - Research leader

E-mail: laura.parducci[AT]
Phone: +46 18-471 2673
Twitter: @lauparducci

PhD students 

Kevin Nota is using shotgun sequencing and metabarcoding of serially sampled datasets from environmental DNA extracted from lake sediments from northern and southern Europe. He wants to relate biodiversity with climate change and to test glacial survival of Norway spruce in Scandinavia. He also testing the single-cell sequencing technique on ancient pollen.

Undergraduate students

Anne von Woerkom  is working together with Kevin and Matias Tasel in the ancient DNA lab on on project investigating the glacial survival of Picea abies in Scandinavia using qPCR. Alessadro Nobile works in the modern DNA lab on on project investigating the origin of Styrax officinalis from Italy. Tamara Van Steijn works on multiple projects, both in  the modern and in the ancient DNA labs. Maria Elisa Pierfederici is joining our group from the University of Parma for an Erasmus-funded research internship. She is a Masters student in Environmental Science and will mainly be working with 


Marco Aurelio Marangoni  arrived recently and will be working on metabarcoding analysis of environmental DNA from lake sediments.


Masoumeh Aahmoudi Shamsabad (PhD student) from Iran. She has been working with us for 7 months conducting part of her PhD work on the phylogeny and phylogeography of the Iran-Turanian species-complex Achantophyllum squarrosumGiulia Ghirardello (internship student) worked in the modern DNA lab and on a project for the construction a reference plant DNA sequence database for mapping and shotgun sequencing data.  Engy Ahmed (postdoc) from Egypt, she worked for two years in our group and was based at the SciLifeLab in Stockholm. She run a project testing shotgun metagenomics on lake sediments. Katerina Günter (internship student) completed her traineeship working on single pollen grains isolated from lake sediments for sequencing. Lu Han (postdoc) from China. She worked with Engy Ahmed on metagenomics from ancient lake sediments and on other projects dealing with the analysis of ancient DNA from plant remains.  Sonia Fontana (postdoc) is now back to Germany after working with us doing macrofossils and pollen analyses on Swedish and Norwegian lake sediments. Kathleen Crossen (PhD student) from Queen’s University in Belfast. She worked on the population dynamics of past and present populations of Pinus sylvestris in north-west Scotland and Ireland. Irina Matetovici (internship student) completed her traineeship using  metabarcoding from lake sediments to investigate vegetation change in northern Europe. Linda Albinsson (MSc student)  completed her MSc thesis in 2003.