Evolutionary genetics

Check out some of these Conversations in Human Evolution with evolutionary genetists from all over the world, just by clicking on their photos.

Eske Willerslev

University of Copenhagen

Professor Eske Willerslev is a a world-renowned evolutionary geneticist, director of the University of Copenhagen’s Centre of Excellence GeoGenetics, Denmark, and holder of the Prince Philip Chair in Ecology and Evolution in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge, UK. His research spans a number of topics within evolutionary genetics, such as ancient DNA, environmental DNA and human-pathogen evolution. Much of his research also involves working with indigenous communities to better understand human history, leading to him being adopted into the Native American Crow tribe under the Indian name of “Well-Known Wolf“. He has appeared in a number of films as an expert on human evolution, such as “First Peoples”, “The Great Human Odyssey” etc, and has written a number of popular books .

Pontus Skoglund

Francis Crick Insitute

Dr Pontus Skoglund is an evolutionary geneticist at the Francis Crick Institute. Pontus is the group leader of the Ancient Genomics Laboratory , which applies and develops ancient genomics to understand past human diversity, primarily focusing on major evolutionary events and their impact on human societies and health. Originally from Sweden, he obtained his PhD from Uppsala University in 2013, and thereafter did his postdoctoral research in David Reich’s laboratory at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Genetics. His research covers a range of topics within evolutionary genetics, such as the link between population migrations and the global transition to agriculture, archaic gene flow, early human evolution in Africa, the peopling of the Americas, and the origin of domestic dogs.

Lluis Quintana-Murci

Pasteur Institute and Collège de France

Professor Lluis Quintana-Murci is a population geneticist at the Pasteur Institute and Collège de France, Paris, France. He has led the Human Evolutionary Genetics Unit at the Pasteur Institute since 2007, and also currently holds the position of Professor of Human Genomics and Evolution at the Collège de France. Lluis is internationally renowned for his research on the genetic architecture of human populations and the role of genetic diversity in human adaptation. His team are particularly interested in how genomic data can be used to infer the past demographic history of our species, to explore how natural selection influences human diversity and to understand how pathogens have shaped human evolution.

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