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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 brackets! <<<]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


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In press

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. (in press). Denisovan ancestry and population history of early East Asians. Science.
Peter, B. M., Petkova, D., & Novembre, J. (in press). Genetic landscapes reveal how human genetic diversity aligns with geography. Nature Genetics.


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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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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