Collegiate Affiliation

Miguel Angel Contreras Sieck has a bachelor's degree in Physical Anthropology from the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) and Master's degree in Anthropology from the Postgraduate Program in the Anthropology Faculty of Philosophy and Letters (FFyL) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis.
He has collaborated on various projects of anthropological genetics, such as the CANDELA Project and the Genetic Mosaic Project in Mexico, as well as in the coordination of several academic and outreach events, and in lectures within the Program Degrees in Physical Anthropology, Social Anthropology, and Archeology at ENAH. At the National Institute of Genomic Medicine, he served as a research assistant within the Department of Ethical and Social Legal Studies (EJES) where he carried out his dissertation work and other research activities.

His research areas focus on; how human evolution is taught, the intersection between genetic variation and morphology/complex traits through Evo-Devo theory and Quantitative Genetics, and in a complementary lense, on the development of Ancient-DNA research that is sustainable and ethical with an emphasis on the ELSI aspects that genomic information entails to societies and individuals.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Bachelors Degree: Physical Anthropology, Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia
  • Master´s Degree: Anthropology, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México


  • Human Evolution
  • Population Genetics
  • Ancient DNA
  • Genomics ELSI studies