This lab’s main line of research at present focuses on the understanding of natural selection and adaptation in humans and primates through the comparative analysis of genomes. Its purpose is to understand complex adaptations through genome-wide analyses of the footprints that natural selection has left in genomes and attempt to place selection in a functional molecular framework of molecular pathways. The Evolutionary Systems Biology Lab is studying differential adaptation among human populations, including several African populations, Roma (as compared to Romanians and Indians) and in Chimpanzees. It has launched a project with the analysis of the haploid sequences of several individuals from all known groups of Southeast Asian pygmies.

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Publications Publications

Mondal, M.; Bergström, A.; Xue, Y.; Calafell, F.; Laayouni, H.; Casals, F.; Majumder, P.P.; Tyler-Smith, C.; Bertranpetit, J. 2017. Y-chromosomal sequences of diverse Indian populations and the ancestry of the Andamanese. Hum Genet. Epub ahead of print]

Jofré, P.; Das, P.; Bertranpetit, J.; and Foley, R. 2017. Cosmic phylogeny: reconstructing the chemical history of the solar neighbourhood with an evolutionary tree. Mon Not R Astron Soc 467 (1): 1140-1153.

Mondal, M.; Casals, F.; Xu, T.; Dall'Olio, G.M.; Pybus, M.; Netea, M.G.; Comas, D.; Laayouni, H.; Li, Q.; Majumder, P.P.; Bertranpetit, J. 2016. Genomic analysis of Andamanese provides insights into ancient human migration into Asia and adaptationNature Genetics 48(9):1066-70.

Martinez-Cruz, B.; Mendizabal, I.; Harmant, C.; de Pablo, R.; Ioana, M.; Angelicheva, D.; Kouvatsi, A.; Makukh, H.; Netea, M. G.; Pamjav, H.; Zalan, A.; Tournev, I.; Marushiakova, E.; Popov, V.; Bertranpetit, J.; Kalaydjieva, L.; Quintana-Murci, L.; and Comas, D. 2016. Origins, admixture and founder lineages in European RomaEuropean Journal of Human Genetics 24, 937-943

Martinez-Cruz, B.; Mendizabal, I.; Harmant, C.; [11 authors]; Bertranpetit, J.; Kalaydjieva, L.; Quintana-Murci, L.; Comas, D. 2016. Origins, admixture and founder lineages in European RomaEur J Hum Genet. 24(6):937-43.