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Madeline Tapson

MA Students
Department of Anthropology


I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in 2017 with an Honours Bachelor of Science. My interests have always included biology and anthropology, which led me to the Ancient DNA Centre at McMaster where I plan to explore issues of the human past through the use of molecular biology. 

My work at McMaster focuses on the Plague, particularly the Second Pandemic, and how this period of disease was able to persist over its 500-year time span. I am interested in evaluating the mechanisms of plague transmission that allowed for this prolonged period of disease in order to elucidate patterns of plague persistence and reintroduction into human populations.