New faces: Patrícia Pečnerová

(Patrícia Pečnerová)

(Patrícia Pečnerová)

This week we’re pleased to welcome a big group of new contributors to the blog. By way of introduction, I asked each of them to answer a few quick questions about him- or herself. —Jeremy

Who are you?
My name is Patrícia Pečnerová and I’m a PhD student.

Where are you?
I’m doing a PhD in Stockholm, Sweden. I study at Stockholm University and my office is situated at the Swedish Museum of Natural History.

Since my first visit to the Natural History Museum Vienna, I’ve always wanted to work at a museum of natural history, and now I’m fulfilling this dream.

I’m originally from Slovakia and I’ve done my pre-graduate studies in the Czech Republic before coming to Sweden.

What do you study?
My PhD research project is about using ancient DNA to trace changes of genetic diversity in the last population of the woolly mammoth before its extinction. My research is a combination of ancient DNA, next generation sequencing, bioinformatics, population and conservation genomics.

What do you do when you’re not studying it?
I travel and blog about it at thejourneyjournal.com. I have a sweet tooth and I like to bake, which is a terrible combination. I try to counterbalance the high sugar income by being a Les Mills fitness instructor. In general, I’m happiest when I’m having a good book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.

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Jeremy Yoder is an Assistant Professor of Biology at California State University, Northridge. He also blogs at Denim and Tweed, and tweets under the handle @jbyoder.
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