Reseach areas of our group

Introductory remarks regarding molecular evolution and human mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosomal studies  

The topology of human mitochondrial tree and the origin and diversity of modern human populations  

Phylogeographic context of human maternal and paternal lineages  

 
The main aim of our work is to understand how the present-day genetic diversity of Homo sapiens sapiens arose. Though not solely, we concentrate on a world-wide variation of haploid genomes on maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and paternally inherited Y chromosome. We are particularly interested in the early phase of the spread of modern humans from Africa to Eurasia, Australia, and to the New World. We are equally interested in the consequences of the major environmental events like the last and previous glacial maximae and lesser ice ages, to the demographic history of human populations: colonisations and re-colonisations that inevitably have had a major impact. And then there are equally exiting events like neolithization. Above that, there are ever-debated questions about the spread of genes and languages, in particular language change. And gender-related differences in the demographic history. In sum, what we are interested in, is phylogeography, to be understood in terms of demographic history, a plethora of stochastic processes, and, of course, of natural selection. And, to certain extent, the last sentence can be reversed: it is (demographic) history etc., to be understood by phylogeography.