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Department of Evolutionary Genetics

Director: Prof. Dr. Svante Pääbo

The Department of Evolutionary Genetics studies the genetic history of humans, apes and other organisms. We are interested in both the forces that affect the genome directly, such as mutation and recombination, and in the effects of selection and population history.

The department consists of four tenured faculty members: Svante Pääbo, Mark Stoneking, Janet Kelso and Matthias Meyer; and two non-tenured members: Ben Peter and Benjamin Vernot. 

Genome Projects

The Department of Evolutionary Genetics has been working on a number of genome sequencing projects. Researchers of the department have sequenced and analyzed Neandertal genomes, a Denisovan genome and a bonobo genome.



Investigating Taiwanese genomic diversity

Evolutionary Genetics

Genetic analysis of Indigenous Taiwanese peoples sheds light on Austronesian expansion


Traces from the past

Evolutionary Genetics

Scientists recover an ancient woman’s DNA from a 20,000-year-old pendant


Human dispersals during the Holocene

Evolutionary Genetics

Genomic evidence from ancient and modern human DNA indicates a complex history for human migrations