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Benjamin Peter

Group Leader
"Genetic Diversity through Space and Time"

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Evolutionary Genetics
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: 0049 (0) 341 3550 507
fax: 0049 (0) 341 3550 555
e-mail:  benjamin_peter@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Curriculum Vitae

Education & Employment

since 11/2017 Group Leader
Department of Evolutionary Genetics,
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
Leipzig, Germany
10/2014-09/2017Postdoctoral scholar with John Novembre,
Department of Human Genetics,
University of Chicago, USA
08/2010-08/2014 Ph.D. in Integrative Biology
with a designated emphasis in Computational Biology and Genomics,
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Advisors: Rasmus Nielsen and Montgomery Slatkin
Title: Inference from Two Non-Equilibrium Models in Population Genetics.
08/2008-02/2010MSc in Ecology and Evolution
University of Bern, Switzerland
Advisor: Laurent Excoffier
Title: Distinguishing between population bottleneck and population subdivision by a Bayesian model choice procedure.
10/2005-08/2008BSc in Biology (with special qualification in Plant Sciences),
University of Bern, Switzerland



Popli, D., Peyrégne, S., & Peter, B. M. (2023). KIN: a method to infer relatedness from low-coverage ancient DNA. Genome Biology, 24: 10.
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Liu, D., Peter, B. M., Schiefenhövel, W., Kayser, M., & Stoneking, M. (2022). Assessing human genome-wide variation in the Massim region of Papua New Guinea and implications for the Kula trading tradition. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 39(8): msac165.
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Peter, B. M. (2022). A geometric relationship of F2, F3 and F4-statistics with principal component analysis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 377(1852): 20200413.
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Peyrégne, S., Kelso, J., Peter, B. M., & Pääbo, S. (2022). The evolutionary history of human spindle genes includes back-and-forth gene flow with Neandertals. eLife, 11: e75464.
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Skov, L., Peyrégne, S., Popli, D. R., Iasi, L. N., Devièse, T., Slon, V., Zavala, E. I., Hajdinjak, M., Sümer, A., Grote, S., Bossoms Mesa, A., López Herráez, D., Nickel, B., Nagel, S., Richter, J., Essel, E., Gansauge, M.-T., Schmidt, A., Korlević, P., Comeskey, D., Derevianko, A. P., Kharevich, A., Markin, S. V., Talamo, S., Douka, K., Krajcarz, M. T., Roberts, R. G., Higham, T., Viola, B., Krivoshapkin, A. I., Kolobova, K. A., Kelso, J., Meyer, M., Pääbo, S., & Peter, B. M. (2022). Genetic insights into the social organization of Neanderthals. Nature, 610, 519-525.
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Carlhoff, S., Duli, A., Nägele, K., Nur, M., Skov, L., Sumantri, I., Oktaviana, A. A., Hakim, B., Burhan, B., Syahdar, F. A., McGahan, D. P., Bulbeck, D., Perston, Y. L., Newman, K., Saiful, A. M., Ririmasse, M., Chia, S., Hasanuddin, Pulubuhu, D. A. T., Suryatman, Supriadi, Jeong, C., Peter, B. M., Prüfer, K., Powell, A., Krause, J., Posth, C., & Brumm, A. (2021). Genome of a middle Holocene hunter-gatherer from Wallacea. Nature, 596, 543-547.
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Evans, B. J., Peter, B., Melnick, D. J., Andayani, N., Supriatna, J., Zhu, J., & Tosi, A. J. (2021). Mitonuclear interactions and introgression genomics of macaque monkeys (Macaca) highlight the influence of behaviour on genome evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 288(1960): 20211756.
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Hajdinjak, M., Mafessoni, F., Skov, L., Vernot, B., Hübner, A., Fu, Q., Essel, E., Nagel, S., Nickel, B., Richter, J., Moldovan, O. T., Constantin, S., Endarova, E., Zahariev, N., Spasov, R., Welker, F., Smith, G. M., Sinet-Mathiot, V., Paskulin, L., Fewlass, H., Talamo, S., Rezek, Z., Sirakova, S., Sirakov, N., McPherron, S. P., Tsanova, T., Hublin, J.-J., Peter, B., Meyer, M., Skoglund, P., Kelso, J., & Pääbo, S. (2021). Initial Upper Palaeolithic humans in Europe had recent Neanderthal ancestry. Nature, 592, 253-257.
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Iasi, L. N., Ringbauer, H., & Peter, B. (2021). An extended admixture pulse model reveals the limitations to human-Neandertal introgression dating. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 38(11), 5156-5174.
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Overcast, I., Ruffley, M., Rosindell, J., Harmon, L., Borges, P. A. V., Emerson, B. C., Etienne, R. S., Gillespie, R., Krehenwinkel, H., Mahler, D. L., Massol, F., Parent, C. E., Patiño, J., Peter, B., Week, B., Wagner, C., Hickerson, M. J., & Rominger, A. (2021). A unified model of species abundance, genetic diversity, and functional diversity reveals the mechanisms structuring ecological communities. Molecular Ecology Resources, 21(8), 2782-2800.
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Schörnig, M., Ju, X.-C., Fast, L., Weigert, A., Schaffer, T., Ebert, S., Treutlein, B., Kasri, N. N., Peter, B., Hevers, W., & Taverna, E. (2021). Comparison of induced neurons reveals slower structural and functional maturation in humans than in apes. eLife, 10: e59323.
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Vernot, B., Zavala, E. I., Gómez-Olivencia, A., Jacobs, Z., Slon, V., Mafessoni, F., Romagné, F., Pearson, A., Petr, M., Sala, N., Pablos, A., Aranburu, A., de Castro, J. M. B., Carbonell, E., Li, B., Krajcarz, M. T., Krivoshapkin, A. I., Kolobova, K. A., Kozlikin, M. B., Shunkov, M. V., Derevianko, A. P., Viola, B., Grote, S., Essel, E., López Herráez, D., Nagel, S., Nickel, B., Richter, J., Schmidt, A., Peter, B., Kelso, J., Roberts, R. G., Arsuaga, J.-L., & Meyer, M. (2021). Unearthing Neanderthal population history using nuclear and mitochondrial DNA from cave sediments. Science, eabf1667.
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Mafessoni, F., Grote, S., de Filippo, C., Slon, V., Kolobova, K. A., Viola, B., Markin, S. V., Chintalapati, M., Peyrégne, S., Skov, L., Skoglund, P., Krivoshapkin, A. I., Derevianko, A. P., Meyer, M., Kelso, J., Peter, B., Prüfer, K., & Pääbo, S. (2020). A high-coverage Neandertal genome from Chagyrskaya Cave. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(26), 15132-15136.
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Massilani, D., Skov, L., Hajdinjak, M., Gunchinsuren, B., Tseveendorj, D., Yi, S., Lee, J., Nagel, S., Nickel, B., Devièse, T., Higham, T., Meyer, M., Kelso, J., Peter, B., & Pääbo, S. (2020). Denisovan ancestry and population history of early East Asians. Science, 370(6516), 579-583.
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Peter, B. M. (2020). 100,000 years of gene flow between Neandertals and Denisovans in the Altai mountains. bioRxiv.
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Peter, B. M., Petkova, D., & Novembre, J. (2020). Genetic landscapes reveal how human genetic diversity aligns with geography. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 37(4), 943-951.
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Peyrégne, S., & Peter, B. M. (2020). AuthentiCT: A model of ancient DNA damage to estimate the proportion of present-day DNA contamination. Genome Biology, 21: 246.
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Key, F. M., Abdul-Aziz, M. A., Mundry, R., Peter, B. M., Sekar, A., D'Amato, M., Dennis, M. Y., Schmidt, J. M., & Andrés, A. M. (2018). Human local adaptation of the TRPM8 cold receptor along a latitudinal cline. PLoS Genetics, 14(5): e1007298.
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Mafessoni, F., de Filippo, C., Slon, V., Grote, S., Chintalapati, M., Peter, B., Viola, B., Markin, S. V., Vasilyev, S. K., Rudaya, N. A., Kolobova, K. A., Shunkov, M. V., Derevianko, A. P., Kelso, J., Meyer, M., Prüfer, K., & Pääbo, S. (2018). A high-coverage Neandertal genome from Chagyrskaya Cave. In T. A. Klimenkova (Ed.), The origins of the Upper Paleolithic in Eurasia and the evolution of the genus Homo: Proceedings of the International Symposium (Denisova Cave, Altai, Russia, July 2-8, 2018) (pp. 51-55). Novosibirsk: IAET SB RAS Publishing.
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Jeong, C., Peter, B. M., Basnyat, B., Neupane, M., Beall, C. M., Childs, G., Craig, S. R., Novembre, J., & Di Rienzo, A. (2017). A longitudinal cline characterizes the genetic structure of human populations in the Tibetan plateau. PLoS One, 12(4): 0175885.
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de Manuel, M., Kuhlwilm, M., Frandsen, P., Sousa, V. C., Desai, T., Prado-Martinez, J., Hernandez-Rodriguez, J., Dupanloup, I., Lao, O., Hallast, P., Schmidt, J. M., Heredia-Genestar, J. M., Benazzo, A., Barbujani, G., Peter, B. M., Kuderna, L. F. K., Casals, F., Angedakin, S., Arandjelovic, M., Boesch, C., Kühl, H. S., Vigilant, L., Langergraber, K., Novembre, J., Gut, M., Gut, I., Navarro, A., Carlsen, F., Andrés, A. M., Siegismund, H. R., Scally, A., Excoffier, L., Tyler-Smith, C., Castellano, S., Xue, Y., Hvilsom, C., & Marques-Bonet, T. (2016). Chimpanzee genomic diversity reveals ancient admixture with bonobos. Science, 354(6311), 477-481.
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Nakagome, S., Alkorta-Aranburu, G., Amat, R., Howie, o. B., Peter, B. M., Hudson, R. R., & Rienzo, A. D. (2016). Estimating the ages of selection signals from different epochs in human history. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 33(3), 657-669.
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Novembre, J., & Peter, B. M. (2016). Recent advances in the study of fine-scale population structure in humans. Current Opinion in Genetics & Development, 41, 98-105.
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Peter, B. M. (2016). Admixture, population structure, and F-statistics. Genetics, 202(4), 1485-1501.
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Potter, S., Bragg, J. G., Peter, B. M., Bi, K., & Moritz, C. (2016). Phylogenomics at the tips: Inferring lineages and their demographic history in a tropical lizard, Carlia amax. Molecular Ecology, 25(6), 1367-1380.
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Peter, B. M., & Slatkin, M. (2015). The effective founder effect in a spatially expanding population. Evolution, 69(3), 721-734.
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Clemente, F. J., Cardona, A., Inchley, C. E., Peter, B. M., Jacobs, G., Pagani, L., Lawson, D. J., Antão, T., Vicente, M., Mitt, M., DeGiorgio, M., Faltyskova, Z., Xue, Y., Ayub, Q., Szpak, M., Mägi, R., Eriksson, A., Manica, A., Raghavan, M., Rasmussen, M., Rasmussen, S., Willerslev, E., Vidal-Puig, A., Tyler-Smith, C., Villems, R., Nielsen, R., Metspalu, M., Malyarchuk, B., Derenko, M., & Kivisild, T. (2014). A selective sweep on a deleterious mutation in CPT1A in Arctic populations. The American Journal of Human Genetics, 95(5), 584-589.
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Huerta-Sánchez, E., Jin, X., Asan, Bianba, Z., Peter, B. M., Vinckenbosch, N., Liang, Y., Yi, X., He, M., Somel, M., Ni, P., Wang, B., Ou, X., Huasang, Luosang, J., Cuo, Z. X. P., Li, K., Gao, G., Yin, Y., Wang, W., Zhang, X., Xu, X., Yang, H., Li, Y., Wang, J., & Nielsen, J. W. R. (2014). Altitude adaptation in Tibetans caused by introgression of Denisovan-like DNA. Nature, 512(7513), 194-197.
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Key, F. M., Peter, B., Dennis, M. Y., Huerta-Sanchez, E., Tang, W., Prokunina-Olsson, L., Nielsen, R., & Andrés, A. M. (2014). Selection on a variant associated with improved viral clearance drives local, adaptive pseudogenization of Interferon Lambda 4 (IFNL 4). PLoS Genetics, 10(10): e1004681.
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Reppell, M., Koch, E., Peter, B. M., & Novembre, J. (2014). Surfing waves of data in San Diego: Sophisticated analyses provide a broad view of human genetic diversity. Genome Biology, 15: 562.
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Peter, B. M., & Slatkin, M. (2013). Detecting range expansions from genetic data. Evolution, 67(11), 3274-3289.
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Peter, B. M., Huerta-Sanchez, E., & Nielsen, R. (2012). Distinguishing between selective sweeps from standing variation and from a De Novo Mutation. PLoS Genetics, 8(10): e1003011.
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Peter, B. M., Wegmann, D., & Excoffier, L. (2010). Distinguishing between population bottleneck and population subdivision by a Bayesian model choice procedure. Molecular Ecology, 19(21), 4648-4660.
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