Welcome / Bienvenidos
I am an anthropological geneticist who uses both ancient DNA and modern genomics tools to examine human population history in the Caribbean and Latin America.
I am Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology at University of Minnesota.
Between 2019 and 2020 I worked as Senior Scientist with Astrea Forensics/Claret Bioscience in Santa Cruz, CA. Previously, I was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Human Population Genomics Lab led by Andrés Moreno-Estrada at the Laboratorio Nacional de Genómica para la Biodiversidad (LANGEBIO-CINVESTAV), in Guanajuato, Mexico (2017-2019). My postdoctoral research examined genetic structure and signatures of adaptation in native populations from the Peruvian Andes, while seeking to understand the genetic factors influencing preeclampsia susceptibility in this high altitude environment.
During my doctoral studies I was affiliated with the Ancient DNA and Molecular Anthropology laboratories in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University led by Anne C. Stone. My doctoral research characterized migration, admixture and genomic ancestry among ancient and modern human groups in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. During my graduate studies, I also worked towards developing laboratory methods to improve DNA recovery from ancient tropical samples.
Follow me on twitter @mitopr. Publicly available code I have written for my research is available at: github.com/mnievesc.
I also have profiles on Google Scholar, Research Gate and Academia.edu.