Assistant Professor Dr. rer. nat. Carsten M. Pusch was born in Stuttgart, Germany, received his education in Stuttgart, Reutlingen, and Tübingen and finished his diploma thesis in the faculty of biology at the Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen. In addition to his major in human genetics, he studied microbiology, parasitology, neurobiology, and paleontology. After a fruitful collaboration with work groups at the Ostelogical Collection of the University of Tübingen he submitted a paleogenetic dissertation in 1998. This work showed that it is generally difficult to work with specimens from the Middle Ages or the Neolithic times, however, a palette of newly established techniques and data authentication protocols showed his skills to work with ancient DNA. For his dedicated post-doc research in the discipline of neurobiology he was awarded the high-ranked Attempto prize in 2001.
Since 2002 Dr. C. M. Pusch is heading an international research group at the Institute of Anthropology and Human Genetics. In addition to his extensive teaching in the disciplines biology, human genetics, neurobiology, medical genetics, paleogenetics and anthropology he is an international consultant and referee for a numerous foundations, scientific peer-reviewed journals, TV productions and scientific exhibitions. In the summer term 2007 he became the interim head of the Division of Molecular Genetics in Tübingen. He qualified as a professor (habilitation) in July 2007 with the work entitled "Molecular pathogenesis of neurosensoric hereditary disease in man" in the fields of Human Biology and Genetics. He developed a number of methods for the extraction and straightforward analysis of vintage and ancient nucleic acids thereby avoiding PCR artefacts and excluding contaminant DNA.
So far, Dr. Pusch has published more than 100 contributions in different journals and books covering a broad spectrum of science. His latest activities include intensive bilateral collaborations with work groups from South Korea, and from Egypt. Currently, he is the head and speaker of a multidisciplinary research and graduate training program that explores the prevalence of tuberculosis, as well as certain evolutionary patterns of the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis in ancient Egytian populations.