Eske Willerslev is a well known Danish DNA researcher and evolutionary geneticist notable for his pioneering work in molecular anthropology, palaeontology and ecology. He is professor at the University of Copenhagen, Center for Geogenetics under the National Museum of Natural History. In 2015 he was appointed Prince Philip Professor at the University of Cambridge.
In D-IAS, we asked him a couple of questions – and he gave some good advice to our young researchers based on his own extraordinary academic career:
“Make sure you get one or two older, experienced scientists as mentors – people that you trust who can help you make the right choices.”
Professor Eske Willerslev is recognized all over the world as an outstanding academic capacity – but also as a great storyteller and with him evolutionary biology is never boring. As a DNA detective, he has revealed revolutionary truths about the past and about the unknown’s human history. In his book “Eske Willerslev – makes the dead alive” you can read about his exciting life as an explorer.
In 2011, Professor Eske Willerslev recieved the prestigeous Danish EliteForsk Prize.
In 2016, New York Times brought a big portrait on him as a world known science profile