This presentation will focus on genetic markers that are typical of Native American populations and how they can be used to discover your personal Native American ancestry, even in the absence of written genealogical records.
Ugo A. Perego, PhD, MSc, is the CEO for the Salt Lake City based Genetic Genealogy Consultant and a scientist affiliated with the DNA laboratory of Professor Antonio Torroni at the University of Pavia in Italy. He has previously worked for more than a decade as a senior researcher with the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and GeneTree.com both based in Utah. Ugo earned a BSc and an MSc in Health Sciences at Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) and a PhD in Genetic and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Pavia, Italy. Ugo has contributed numerous lectures and publications on DNA and its applications to population genetics, genealogy, ancestry, forensics, and history. Some of his recent publications include "Decrypting the mitochondrial gene pool of modern Panamanians" (in PLoS One, 2012); "The Mountain Meadows Massacre and 'poisoned springs': Scientific testing of the more recent, anthrax theory" (in International Journal of Legal Medicine, 2012) "Mitochondrial haplogroup C4c: a rare lineage entering America through the ice-free corridor?" American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2011); "Expanding the concept of family history through DNA" (in Family Chronicle, 2010); "Mitochondrial DNA: a female perspective in recent human origin and evolution" (in Origins as a Paradigm in the Sciences and in the Humanities, 2010); and "The initial peopling of the Americas: a growing number of founding mitochondrial genomes from Beringia" (in Genome Research, 2010).