Department of Evolutionary Genetics
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
phone: +49 341 3550 - 500
The genetic history of southern African populations is characterized by interactions between indigenous hunter-gatherers and a variety of populations that moved into the region in the past 2000 years. The relationships among these populations show different patterns for the paternally inherited non-recombining region of the Y chromosome (NRY), maternally inherited mtDNA, and autosomes, suggesting a complex scenario of sex-biased admixture and population interactions.
I am trying to elucidate this complex genetic histories of the southern African populations synergistically using all three lines of evidence, mtDNA, NRY and autosomes . My special focus is on investigation of their paternal and maternal genetic histories, and the sex-biased gene flow between the immigrant food producing populations and autochthonous hunter-gathering populations.