We investigate on the genetic history and evolution of human populations through the molecular and statistical analysis of various genetic markers: the major histocompatibility complex HLA, mtDNA sequences, nuclear and Y-chromosome SNPs and STRs, polymorphisms of drug-metabolizing genes, among others.
Our research also uses an interdisciplinary approach focusing on the comparison of molecular data with linguistic, archaeological and other cultural information, as well as computer simulation analyses to test alternative scenarios of modern human migrations and history.
We are also involved in the history of anthropology and the evolution of concepts related to human races.
Key-words: Population genetics, human genetic polymorphisms, evolution, anthropology, human peopling history, interdisciplinary studies, human races, computer simulation.
Current FNS projects
- Early human settlements in contrasting environments:
HLA molecular variation and its link to population expansions and immune adaptation
- Early human settlements in East Asia:
HLA molecular variation, population expansions and linguistic differentiations