Eske Willerslev is director of the Centre of Excellence in GeoGenetics and the National CryoBank and Sequencing Facility, situated at the University of Copenhagen.
During his PhD, Eske Willerslev established the first ancient DNA facility in Denmark, which rapidly became internationally recognized for establishing the fields of ancient sedimentary and ice core genetics.
Eske Willerslev is an internationally recognized researcher in the fields of ancient DNA, DNA degradation, and evolutionary biology, and holds a full professorship at the University of Copenhagen as well as the prestigious position of Visiting Professor at Oxford University.
Eske Willerslev has 20 publications in Science and Nature, and 134 publications in other high profile peer review journals. He has been a keynote or invited speaker at 73 international conferences, and has successfully applied for and been awarded 50 large research grants and academic prizes. He has communicated his work to the public, for which he was awarded in 2012 by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. In April 2014 he was elected as a member in the prestigious American National Academy of Sciences.